When your team has more good days at work, so do you. And when you’re on top form, your team is more likely to thrive too. 

But something’s holding many of us back. Stress and poor mental well-being are among the leading causes of absence, presenteeism (people coming into work when they are ill) and leaveism (working during your time off) - none of which are good news for you or the people you manage. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these factors for many.

Are you feeling the pressure?

Employers increasingly expect managers to take responsibility for their team’s health and well-being. But do you get the support and space you need to do so on top of the other demands of your role? Our research suggests not.

What difference can a busy manager make?

Line managers have a significant impact on the number of good days people have at work. Often, just a few small changes to your management style can make a big difference to people’s well-being. 

Creating a bit of time in your busy schedule to consider these six simple steps will pay dividends in the long run – teams that are happy, healthy and engaged in their work are more likely to meet their goals and help you to meet yours.

  1. Get to know your team better

  2. Lead by example to promote healthy working habits

  3. Review workloads, duties and responsibilities

  4. Reflect on your own management style

  5. Discourage ‘presenteeism’ in your team

  6. Manage the mental health of your team while remote working

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