According to a recent report from FindCourses, top-performing organisations are five times more likely to have a learning culture. This highlights just how important learning and development is for the success of your business. However, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to L&D – instead, leadership teams should choose to promote learning cultures that address the specific needs of the company.
One thing is for certain though: to be a great leader, and to create a happy, healthy working environment, you need to be resilient. In fact, research from Zenger Folkman showed that resilient leaders are viewed by employees as the most effective leaders. In this blog, we’ll talk you through just some of the ways in which you can improve your leadership skills and become more resilient in the process – whilst improving the wellbeing of your staff.
Become a powerful communicator
Communication is key in any organisation, and failing to tell your staff important information will only reduce the amount of trust your employees have in you as a leader or manager.
Whether it’s telling your staff about a proposed restructure, or keeping them updated on new working arrangements, it’s imperative to communicate clearly. Effective communications will help your staff to understand change and how it will impact them in their roles – which in turn will prevent them from worrying about things like job security.
Invest in mental wellbeing support
Peldon Rose recently surveyed 1000 office workers on their mental health, and the results made for concerning reading. 64% said that they currently have poor or below average mental wellbeing, with 56% saying that increased workloads are the leading cause of their stress.
Less than half of workers (43%) described their workplace culture as ‘supportive’, which is especially worrying given that around 16 million days are lost each year due to workers calling in sick because of poor mental health. For leadership and management teams, it’s vital to encourage open, honest conversations around mental health and to support staff who are experiencing difficulties.
By creating a culture where employees can talk freely about their mental health, you’ll be in a better position to adapt their workload or make necessary changes to reduce the likelihood of them having to take time off. This will boost productivity and staff morale levels within your organisation.
Be open to feedback
A great way to become a more resilient leader is to encourage feedback from your staff – whether it’s positive or negative.
Hearing what your employees think will help you to identify areas for your own improvement and personal development, which will not only have a positive impact on your career, but also the work culture in your organisation. The more you show willingness to learn and lead by example, the more those who report into you will respect you.
Praise and develop your staff
Feeling valued in the workplace can have a huge impact on the wellbeing and performance of your staff. 67 percent of workers surveyed by Peldon Rose say they only sometimes, rarely or never feel valued – which shows that praise can really go a long way when it comes to making your employees feel appreciated. Always tell people when they’ve done a good job, especially when a lot of time and hard work has gone into a project.
Also invest in the training and development of staff, and offer incentives for their personal development. Setting out action plans to help your employees achieve their career goals will keep them focused and motivated, which will also impact positively on their mental health. A culture where development is encouraged and rewarded is a huge benefit for any business.
Over to you
Would you like to become a more resilient leader who’s better placed to support the mental wellbeing of your staff?
We offer a wealth of workplace wellbeing and leadership and management training, which can help you to build a happier, healthier and more engaged workforce. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with our team today.
We also have a free webinar scheduled for Thursday 28th February 2018 - 2pm. This will be an introduction to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace for managers. Register here