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Manager support can have a positive impact

Publish date: 12 September 2018
Issue Number: 253
Diary: Legalbrief Workplace
Category: Health

A study by Mind in the UK has revealed that poor mental health at work may be even more widespread than currently thought, with almost half (48%) of people having experienced poor mental health in their current job. People Management reports that the survey found only half of employees who experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it. However, Mind said that properly supporting managers can positively impact employee mental health. Three in five (61%) line managers who felt their employer supported their mental health said they had a good understanding of how to promote their team’s wellbeing. Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said all employers needed to make mental health at work a focus. ‘It’s clear from our research that when employers support their managers properly, it can make a big difference to the whole organisation. Even small changes to policy, approach and workplace culture can make a really big difference to the whole organisation.’

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