According to a survey by the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne, half of Australian workers worry about their work.
Executive and middle managers are the most fearful compared to non-managerial employees.
The survey also found that it is not until Australian workers reach the age of 55 that they become less anxious about their work. Only 35% of workers aged over 55 worried about their work while over half of workers aged under 55 agonised over their future at work.
Despite a concern for the future the survey also revealed 79% of Australians are open to change in their workplace to improve productivity.
Better leadership and new technology were the two key areas that Australian workers identified to increase productivity, with government workers in particular highlighting more effective leadership and management as a change that would most likely increase productivity.