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The role of Line Managers and Mental Health

Line Managers play a key role in Mental Health

Today’s post about Mental Health and line management is written by our guest blogger – David Welham – a Mental Health Ambassador and First Aider whose mission is to Change Perceptions and Stop The Stigma.

With his passion as a Mental Health Ambassador, we were interested to hear his opinions on Mental Health in the Workplace.

So we asked him for his opinion about whether it was worth businesses training their line managers in Mental Health Awareness? And does training really make a significant difference to the employees?

Read on to find out what David thinks…

We all have Mental Health, in the same way, that we all have physical health. It can change over time whether we have a Mental Health problem or not, your experiences can have a big impact on your wellbeing.

It’s important that staff feel they are supported, both for their own Mental Health and for your organisation as well. The cost both human and financial is huge, and Line Managers can play a key role in addressing this. 

The relationship that Line Managers have with their staff is crucial when it comes to how employees respond if they are suffering from Stress or poor Mental Health. Line Managers need to be seen to be open to conversations about Mental Health and be prepared to listen so staff can discuss when they are struggling. This will help to ensure that the staff gets the right support at the right time. 

It is also vital that Line Managers are equipped with the correct skills, and the confidence, to manage situations both efficiently and sensitively, to support staff so that they can recover with positivity and be able to manage their Mental Health and Wellbeing.

We all know that work can be both challenging and rewarding, and validating a person is one of the most valuable ways to improve their Mental Health. We also need to realise that work-related Stress, poor line management, badly managed change, bullying, and discrimination can take its toll on Mental Health. 

Managers do not need to be experts in Mental Health but an understanding of how to support staff, and how to have open conversations about Mental Health problems will help create a positive culture around Mental Wellbeing.

Listening is important for any relationship. 

Listening and hearing are different. We listen passively to all kinds of things, including what our colleagues tell us. If we switch from passively taking in stuff to actively listening and hearing what is being said, the quality of the conversation increases dramatically. 

This is good for productivity, and vital for having conversations about Mental Health at work. And of course let’s not forget that all employers have to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and that includes your employees Mental Welfare too.

Work gives us a purpose, a role, financial means, and status. It also gives us social relationships and can be very important when it comes to Mental Health.  

Simple ways to improve line management 

So bearing all this in mind let’s have a look at some tips for healthier line management and working relationships.

  • Make time in your diary for staff to come to you or you to go to them – and chat. You’ll be able to spot any problems earlier.
  • If you have an open-door policy, people who have concerns will feel more able to engage and sort problems.
  • Have regular, brief staff meetings with clear agendas. Everybody likes to feel the pulse of the organisation, and to feel connected to the work others are doing and the successes and challenges the team faces.
  • Make time for networking. Keep a coffee slot free each week and use it to meet business contacts you haven’t seen for a while, to mentor others, or be mentored.
  • Imagine supervision and appraisal processes not as a chore, but as a gift. Authentic feedback is one of the best things you can give a member of staff. Set times in advance and never, ever deprioritise this in favour of another meeting.
  • Practice self-care. Give time to yourself, and time to your friends and family no matter how committed to work you are.

David Welham

David has written articles for Mental Health charities to raise Mental Health awareness. He has also delivered talks to inspire, change perceptions and stop stigma. He has also promoted events to make people aware of the importance of looking after their Mental Health.

 

What The Mental Health Initiative do…

The Mental Health Initiative consultants work with all kinds of people in business and education.

We help people to self manage their Mental Health with training, coaching, and mentoring, in all types of professional and high-performance environments.

Many years of experience have taught us that an organisation is only as good as its management and staff, so we put people first. Helping people to self-manage their Mental Health benefits both them and their company. We have found time and time again that productivity and performance increase exponentially as your employee’s personal development and ability to self-manage their own mental health grows.

For more information about our Mental Health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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Line Managers play a key role in Mental Health

Today’s post about Mental Health and line management is written by our guest blogger – David Welham – a Mental Health Ambassador and First Aider whose mission is to Change Perceptions and Stop The Stigma.

With his passion as a Mental Health Ambassador, we were interested to hear his opinions on Mental Health in the Workplace.

So we asked him for his opinion about whether it was worth businesses training their line managers in Mental Health Awareness? And does training really make a significant difference to the employees?

Read on to find out what David thinks…

We all have Mental Health, in the same way, that we all have physical health. It can change over time whether we have a Mental Health problem or not, your experiences can have a big impact on your wellbeing.

It’s important that staff feel they are supported, both for their own Mental Health and for your organisation as well. The cost both human and financial is huge, and Line Managers can play a key role in addressing this. 

The relationship that Line Managers have with their staff is crucial when it comes to how employees respond if they are suffering from Stress or poor Mental Health. Line Managers need to be seen to be open to conversations about Mental Health and be prepared to listen so staff can discuss when they are struggling. This will help to ensure that the staff gets the right support at the right time. 

It is also vital that Line Managers are equipped with the correct skills, and the confidence, to manage situations both efficiently and sensitively, to support staff so that they can recover with positivity and be able to manage their Mental Health and Wellbeing.

We all know that work can be both challenging and rewarding, and validating a person is one of the most valuable ways to improve their Mental Health. We also need to realise that work-related Stress, poor line management, badly managed change, bullying, and discrimination can take its toll on Mental Health. 

Managers do not need to be experts in Mental Health but an understanding of how to support staff, and how to have open conversations about Mental Health problems will help create a positive culture around Mental Wellbeing.

Listening is important for any relationship. 

Listening and hearing are different. We listen passively to all kinds of things, including what our colleagues tell us. If we switch from passively taking in stuff to actively listening and hearing what is being said, the quality of the conversation increases dramatically. 

This is good for productivity, and vital for having conversations about Mental Health at work. And of course let’s not forget that all employers have to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and that includes your employees Mental Welfare too.

Work gives us a purpose, a role, financial means, and status. It also gives us social relationships and can be very important when it comes to Mental Health.  

Simple ways to improve line management 

So bearing all this in mind let’s have a look at some tips for healthier line management and working relationships.

  • Make time in your diary for staff to come to you or you to go to them – and chat. You’ll be able to spot any problems earlier.
  • If you have an open-door policy, people who have concerns will feel more able to engage and sort problems.
  • Have regular, brief staff meetings with clear agendas. Everybody likes to feel the pulse of the organisation, and to feel connected to the work others are doing and the successes and challenges the team faces.
  • Make time for networking. Keep a coffee slot free each week and use it to meet business contacts you haven’t seen for a while, to mentor others, or be mentored.
  • Imagine supervision and appraisal processes not as a chore, but as a gift. Authentic feedback is one of the best things you can give a member of staff. Set times in advance and never, ever deprioritise this in favour of another meeting.
  • Practice self-care. Give time to yourself, and time to your friends and family no matter how committed to work you are.

David Welham

David has written articles for Mental Health charities to raise Mental Health awareness. He has also delivered talks to inspire, change perceptions and stop stigma. He has also promoted events to make people aware of the importance of looking after their Mental Health.

 

What The Mental Health Initiative do…

The Mental Health Initiative consultants work with all kinds of people in business and education.

We help people to self manage their Mental Health with training, coaching, and mentoring, in all types of professional and high-performance environments.

Many years of experience have taught us that an organisation is only as good as its management and staff, so we put people first. Helping people to self-manage their Mental Health benefits both them and their company. We have found time and time again that productivity and performance increase exponentially as your employee’s personal development and ability to self-manage their own mental health grows.

For more information about our Mental Health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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