Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done (Hardcover)

Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done By Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton Cover Image

Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done (Hardcover)


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Axiom Award Bronze Medalist for Leadership

Executive coaches and #1 bestselling authors of All In and The Carrot Principle offer insight and advice in this practical eight-step guide both managers and employees can use to reduce work anxiety in the office and at home.

Have you ever dreaded Sunday night, got a pit in your stomach on the way to work, or had your heartbeat speed up at the sound of your boss’s voice? If so, you may have had anxiety at work. In this empathetic and wise guide, executive coaches and gurus of gratitude Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explore the causes of workplace stress and anxiety and the management practices that have proven successful in reducing tension and cultivating calm.

If you’re a manager, how do you keep up with demands while creating a stress-free work atmosphere? How can you spot rising anxiety levels in your people? If your employees feel overwhelmed or worried about the future, what can you do to ease their concerns? How do you engage in productive conversations about emotions in uncertain times? Anxiety at Work builds on the authors’ vast knowledge and experience working with the leadership teams of some of the world’s most successful organizations to offer effective strategies that can make any workplace better, helping supervisors and their employees: 

  • Weather uncertainty
  • Balance overload
  • Beat perfectionism
  • Build confidence
  • Create and sustain an environment that fosters resilience
  • Strengthen strong social bonds

In today’s volatile, fast-paced, and ever-changing global climate, organizations and their employees are under more pressure than ever to perform. Anxiety at Work shows how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.

Adrian Gostick is the author of such books as The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and All In, which have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. He has appeared on NBC’s Today show and been quoted in the Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune; and he is a leadership strategy contributor to Forbes. Gostick is the cofounder of the motivation assessment firm He is ranked among the Top 10 Global Gurus in Leadership and is ranked the number 3 Organizational Culture expert in the world. Learn more at

Chester Elton’s work is supported by research with more than one million working adults. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is coauthor of The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and All In, and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Fast Company. A sought-after lecturer around the world, he is ranked in the Top 10 Global Gurus in Leadership and is ranked the number 2 Organizational Culture expert in the world. He is cofounder of, and 700,000 people follow his work on LinkedIn. Learn more at

Product Details ISBN: 9780063046153
ISBN-10: 0063046156
Publisher: Harper Business
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English

“I’ve personally known anxiety—the struggle to just to get out of bed every morning. Overcoming these feelings in myself, and helping others face their challenges, has been my life’s work for the past decade. I’m so grateful Gostick and Elton have turned their attention to helping in the working world, where tens of millions of employees feel overwhelmed and overanxious. In this fabulous new book, leaders will learn how to identify anxiety in their team members, understand the triggers of anxiety, and provide the right support. Anxiety at Work is the tool that businesses have been waiting for.” — Mel Robbins, #1 bestselling author of The 5 Second Rule; daytime talk show host; CNN on-air analyst

“When our team members feel too much anxiety, they attack change; they become combative or controlling as they try to ease the pain they feel. This makes organizational change difficult, even impossible. In this brilliant new book “Anxiety at Work,” Gostick and Elton help leaders spot anxiety in their employees and teach them how to build resilience with practical tools culled from decades coaching leaders to improve their organizational cultures.” — Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There; World’s #1 Leadership Thinker

Anxiety at Work is brimming with practical ideas on how to create a safe, productive place to work—from the globally recognized thought-leaders in culture and employee engagement. This desperately needed guide will become an instant classic.” — Dr. Tasha Eurich, New York Times bestselling author of Insight and Bankable Leadership

“Savoring this book feels like snuggling up in a warm comforter on a cold day. The enormous demands of our world are mitigated by using the insights offered. The ideas, stories, and tools will help anyone tame apprehensions and turn anxiety into assurance.” — Dr. Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group

“Gostick & Elton have a powerful ability to tap into the true essence of workplace stress and team dysfunction, and most importantly offer up practical solutions that will help move any organization to a healthy, productive place and affect positive change.” — Chris Rainey, Host, HR Leaders Podcast, the #1 HR Podcast in the World

"Anxiety at Work offers leaders a simple, yet powerful approach to increase productivity and resilience by building a more compassionate workplace. When we focus on compassion, our teams are more effective and we benefit from increased productivity and mental and physical health. In this guide, leadership experts Gostick & Elton provide the tools to help teams avoid burnout and create a single-minded focus on purpose and goals." — Leah Weiss, PhD, founding faculty of Stanford University's Compassion Cultivation Program & author How We Work

“The best leaders harness the collective intelligence of their teams to find answers in the hardest of times. Anxiety at Work is a blueprint for reducing stress, building resilience, and creating an environment where people feel safe to take risks and grow. In a time of great uncertainty, this book is going to help leaders see the world in a new way and bring out the best in everyone on their team.” — Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

“Gostick and Elton show leaders how to filter out the noise and confusion that is all around and help their people look within to build their strengths. This book will help you create new habits that will guide you to a better team and a better life.” — Jay Shetty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Like a Monk and host of the #1 health podcast On Purpose

“Few things can paralyze the progress of any team or organization like anxiety. Anxiety at Work offers practical ideas to help leaders develop healthier mind-sets and healthier teams. This is a smartly written, step-by-step guide to creating a work culture that will attract and retain great people.” — John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned leadership expert

“By following the strategies, tips, and techniques provided by Gostick and Elton in Anxiety at Work, leaders will not only become better at reducing the stress and anxiety on their teams and in their employees, but they will also become better leaders.” — Workplace Psychology