In a recent article, published by the Institute of Leadership and Management, it was noted that 80% of employees have experienced either poor management or a poor manager at least once during their career. What’s more the survey, which formed the basis of the article, found that 73% of employees who have experienced poor management have considered leaving a job, and 55% actually quit their job.
Mental Health was the area where managers were most likely to fall down. Several respondents cited managers who had a complete disregard or lack of awareness of issues surrounding mental health in the workplace, with one stating “a total lack of interest in the mental well-being of the staff and only interested in the day to day business of the company”.
When asked whether managers are equipped to deal with the human or emotional side of management, more than half (58%) of respondents said that they are not.
The disconnect is highlighted when you look at two stats;
91% of managers agree that what they do as a manager affects the well-being of their staff, but
only 58% of employees believe that their manager is genuinely equipped to cope with their well-being.
It is clear that although organisations claim that employee mental health is a priority the disconnect between aspiration and reality profoundly exists.
Every people manager should receive expert training on mental health and this should be considered an essential part of their overall training.
Interested in knowing more about our Mental Health First Aid courses?
We have open courses being run in;
Manchester on 20th and 21st September
Birmingham on 15th and 16th October