Leaders and managers shape the well-being of their employees by demonstrating positive behaviours, that promote a happy, healthy and connected work environment.
One of simplest and visible signals of a strong well-being culture at work is when colleagues greet each other with the common courtesy of a smile and saying “good morning” and “thank you.”
The results of a new study by SuperFriend, that surveyed more than 1,000 Australian workers, found that nearly half of respondents (both managers and staff) have left a job because of an environment promoting poor mental health.
In fact, 48% of people surveyed have personally experienced mental health issues (themselves or through family and close friends), while 15% have actually managed someone experiencing them.
SuperFriend identified 10 characteristics that build a positive and mentally healthy workplace, noting how many respondents currently have these in their office:
- People greet each other in the morning, smile, make eye contact and say ‘thank you’ – it’s common courtesy – 38%
- Managers support and facilitate flexible working to meet individual needs – 34%
- Managers are accessible when you need them and will listen – 34%
- There is effective team working and a supportive team environment – 32%
- Managers make sure employees have the resources to do the job – 31%
- There is praise and recognition for good performance and achievement – 29%
- Managers give clear guidance on priorities and what is expected of employees – 27%
- Managers set a good example for a happy, healthy and productive workforce – 27%
- There is sensitivity to the needs of those who have children or others to care for – 25%
- Managers provide regular feedback in a way that helps employees improve their performance – 25%
Additionally, respondents were quizzed on specialist support provided, such as access to assistance programmes or time off work for those recovering from mental health problems.