According to Gallup research, two-thirds of managers develop burnout on the job.
That’s a shocking statistic given the amount of investment made in managers by businesses across the UK.
With an increasing understanding and awareness of mental health in the workplace, there has never been a better time to look at how to build resilience in our managers.
Why managers in particular?
Because they are often caught in the middle of pressured situations. And often without peer support. Our managers are working hard to increase the productivity of their staff, whilst delivering their own workloads, and responding to pressures from senior management. They’re in a sandwich. And it can be a lonely place.
Yet with resilience training, our managers can build up a set of strategies and tools to give them an edge. Tools to help them manage their stress levels and respond to pressure in more helpful ways. Strategies to help them respond to pressure and conflict calmly.
We also find that managers are in the older age groups as it takes time to develop the skills to be an effective manager. They find themselves experience different pressures outside of work too. They start families, buy homes, invest in career development, go through divorce, experience health issues. These facts of life add onto the pressure they are experiencing at work.
But what is resilience?
It’s the ability to cope with the pressures and challenges of life in a healthy way.
Pressure and challenge will always be there. But we choose how to respond.
And it’s often best to have tools that are in place before you need them. And to put together strategies of self-care that put you in a more powerful position when challenges come knocking.
When we feel the pressure, it’s sometimes the simplest strategies that help us the most. It could be as simple as going for a walk at lunchtime instead of having the extra large chocolate bar. Or simple breathing exercises to lower the stress levels before an important meeting. And much of resilience comes down to self-belief; believing that it is possible to face the challenge and come out the other side.
Strategies for resilience differ for everyone. It’s important that our managers are given time to explore the options available and to come up with a package that suits their situation. And it may change over time, as life moves on.
In short, we need to look after our managers so that they can take care of business more effectively. It makes business sense to invest in supporting them to be resilient given the pressures that they are under.
According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work-related stress was making them ill. This amounts to nearly 40% of all work-related illness.
Given the amount of time being taken off due to work-related stress, surely now is the perfect time to give our managers the tools they need to be resilient. And in doing so, they are perfectly place to show their staff how best to deal with the pressures of the workplace in the UK today.
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