We often talk about how managers can help employees with their mental health.
However, managers should take the time out to look after their own wellbeing too.
Apparently, managers are more likely to have a diagnosed mental health problem than any other group of employees.
A poll by Teladoc Health found that 31% of managers had at some point received a formal mental health-related diagnosis from a healthcare professional.
This is in comparison to just 26% of non-managers.
One problem identified by the CIPD is that managers are caught in the middle when it comes to dealing with mental health.
They are expected to manage employees’ health and wellbeing, but yet don’t have the training or support to do that.
This in turn leads to stress and other mental health issues for themselves.
Organisations need to give managers the tools to be able to do this important but demanding job.
They should receive training in how to have difficult conversations.
They should be safe in the knowledge that they’re not expected to provide therapy, or fulfil the role of a mental health professional.
They should be given access to further professional support, so they know where to direct employees to.
They should also have access to those services themselves.
These can include Employee Assistance Programmes, occupational health, and reasonable adjustments.
Perhaps most importantly, it also requires a culture where senior managers buy into positive mental health, and practice what they preach.
However, this will not happen by itself.
If you’re a senior manager and would like to know how you can support mental health for everyone in your organisation, we recommend taking our free five minute questionnaire.