FIVE WAYS MANAGERS CAN END STRESS AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF WORKING
1. IMPROVE THE ABILITY TO MANAGE CHANGE
Change is unsettling and can affect mental health. It’s also inevitable: Ninety-seven per cent of managers report some degree of organisational change in the past 12 months. Managers have to be transparent and supportive, and involve employees in shaping the changes that affect them.
2. DEVELOP BETTER LINE MANAGERS
Bad management creates stress and can harm mental health. More open, empowering management styles are connected with lower levels of stress – as well as with higher job satisfaction and greater personal productivity. Employers have to do more to support managers’ professional development.
3. SWITCH OFF AFTER HOURS
Avoiding digital presenteeism means giving colleagues the license to switch off. Colleagues can often be their own worst enemies, and while personal choice is key, options such as restricting remote access should be considered.
4.EMPOWER YOUR EMPLOYEES
The most powerful drivers of job satisfaction are a personal sense of achievement. Where innovative, entrepreneurial and empowering management styles are found, more than 84% of managers are satisfied with their jobs.
5. END THE TABOO ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
Managers have to set a tone that enables colleagues to talk openly about mental health, to admit when things are tough, and need to be supportive when people experience mental health issues.