Often when we talk about ‘wellbeing’ the focus is on what staff members can and should do to safeguard their good health. School and college leadership teams and line managers can, however, have a tremendous impact – positive or negative – on the state of staff mental and physical health.
Government research suggests that employee wellbeing is enhanced where:
Managers have varying degrees of control over these factors, however how well managers build relationships, manage performance and attendance, communicate and act as a role model for staff indisputably affects engagement, job satisfaction, work-life balance and, ultimately, wellbeing.
In the resources section below you can download our guide on promoting positive mental health in the workplace, which covers day-to-day actions managers can take, what to do when an employee is suffering from stress or other mental health difficulties and how to talk about mental health with staff:
Short of time? You can also watch a brief video on talking to staff about mental health from our 'HR Take Two' series:
Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace
Guidance document for school and college leaders and line managers on managing stress and mental health difficulties and promoting a wellbeing culture
Last updated: 26/07/19Download