Mind’s top tips for managers to support the mental health of staff
1 A manager’s behaviour is key to their team’s mental wellbeing and how they perform at work.
2 Supportive? Approachable? Responsive? Managers get the most from their staff if they have an open-door policy for work-related conversations.
3 Encourage managers to ask their staff what they need from them as a leader.
4 Trust is essential: employees should feel able to offer feedback.
5 Make wellbeing a topic that is naturally part of regular meetings and team catchups.
6 A work-life balance should always be encouraged.
7 Encourage positive relationships between co-workers: managers should offer mediation if necessary.
8 People do better if they feel valued: make sure teams are given meaningful tasks, that they understand how what they are doing fits into a bigger picture. And offering opportunity for personal development is wonderful encouragement.