TheWorkforce Institute at UKG surveyed 3,400 people across 10 countries to spotlight the critical role our jobs, leadership, and, most of all, our managers play in supporting mental health in and outside of work.
KeyInsights from the Study:
Managers are more often stressed out than their team members and senior leadership (42% vs. 40% and 35%, respectively), and 25% say they are “often” or“always” feeling burned out. This “middle layer” is the most at risk in many companies and feel the greatest day-to-day stress.
But the C-suite is not immune to challenges, either. A surprising 33% ofC-level leaders say, “I don’t want to work anymore,” and the younger the leader, the more they agree with that statement. In fact, a whopping 40% of theC-suite says they will likely quit in the next 12 months due to work-related stress.
Being overwhelmed consumes human energy and impacts retention, performance, innovation, and culture. Employers can be the anchor of stability for their people by giving them the support and resources they need.
7 Behaviors to Positively Impact theTeam’s Wellbeing:
Here are seven good behaviors that managers can exhibit to positively influence the mental health and wellbeing of their team:
The research makes it clear that many people are suffering in silence. Leaders need to avoid burying their heads in the sand and instead make mental health a global topic of discussion within their teams. Don’t force a discussion, but make it ok for people to have one. Pause to checkin with employees, even if you’re uncomfortable asking how someone is. That’s what leadership is.
By exhibiting good behaviors such as leading by example, communicating effectively, recognizing and appreciating employees, and fostering a positive work culture, managers can positively influence the mental health and wellbeing of their employees.
It is important for managers to prioritize their employees' mental health and wellbeing to create a supportive work environment that promotes job satisfaction, productivity, and overall wellbeing.
Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.
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