It’s true that the person you interact with most frequently at work, your manager, has a significant impact on your overall well-being, including your mental health.
Research has shown that poor management practices and a toxic work environment can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression.
On the other hand, a supportive and empathetic manager can create a positive work environment that contributes to better mental health.
Your manager has a greater potential to affect your mental health than your therapist ever could.
Because you work with your manager on a daily basis, you see him or her more frequently than your therapist.
It’s not that your therapist is unimportant; it’s just that your manager has more opportunities to shape your thoughts and actions on a daily basis.
Managers should be aware of the effect they have on their employees’ emotional well-being.
As an employee, you should know that it’s not only about the money, no matter how good it is. Your emotional well-being is also important.
If you are currently unemployed, you should pray not only for a job but also for a manager who will not sacrifice your mental health in return for a salary.
We need to learn to treat people’s hearts with caution.
Of course, we need to get things done, and we can’t settle for mediocrity. The question is how best to motivate individuals to get things done.
Just because someone is having trouble getting their work done does not give anyone permission to disregard their mental health.
You can be a tough boss without being an emotionally reckless boss.
Every person you spend most of your time with has the potential to affect your mental health, and you also have the opportunity to affect your mental health too.
By being kind, empathetic, and understanding, we can create a positive and supportive environment that benefits everyone.
I love what Alexander Den Heijer says here:
“When I talk to managers, I get the feeling that they are important.
When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling that I am important.”
In a sense, each one of us can relate to the experience of having a manager.
Some of us, if we are fortunate, can also relate to the experience of having worked alongside or known great leaders.
Although I could be wrong, I have the impression that the vast majority of us aspire to work with a great leader.
I still have some room for improvement in this area.
Take advantage of today’s opportunity to be a leader and make others feel valued.