April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’, so in addition to our previous article on how HR can tackle work-related stress, we’ve put together a collection of TED Talks around the subject.

So if you’re looking for ways to reduce workplace stress, either for you or your colleagues, sit back and enjoy these engaging talks!

How to make stress your friend – Kelly McGonigal

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal turns the notion that stress is a bad thing on its head by arguing that stress, when dealt with properly, can make you healthier. Stress isn’t bad for you, it’s the belief that it’s bad for you which is the problem. Check out her talk and see if you agree.

Workplace mental health: All you need to know (for now) – Tom Oxley

“As an employer, all you need to do is give your people permission to speak safely, and be prepared to listen.” Seeing that a third to a half of us will experience some kind of stress, anxiety or depression during our working lives, Tom Oxley urges employers to have a more open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.

The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor

In this talk, Shawn Achor challenges the belief that you need to work hard and be successful to achieve happiness. The problem, he argues, is that every time we succeed, we immediately strive for the next win, and therefore change the goalposts of what success looks like. Real happiness comes from being positive in the present, and there are ways you can train your brain to be more optimistic.

The secret to building a healthy and happy workplace – Wolter Smit

A must-watch for HR and managers! Speaker Wolter Smit started his own software company and has since been widely praised for building a healthy and happy workplace. In this talk, he explains how his success is largely down to hiring the right people who are a good cultural fit, and reveals some of his recruitment secrets.

Humour at work – Andrew Tarvin

Most people think humour and work are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but research shows that employees who embrace it are less stressed, paid more, and happier in their role. Andrew Tarvin, Proctor & Gamble software engineer turned ‘humour engineer’, explains how bringing laughter to his projects reduced stress within his team.