The mental health of managers: the new challenge for companies

Unless you’ve been hibernating for the last few years, you’ve probably heard about mental health and caring management. Obviously it’s excellent news that these themes are in fashion. However, the benevolent manager is not a robot, how does he do it? Who takes care of these managers when their own mental health worn out by taking care of their teams? We talk about it in this article: The mental health of managers: the new challenge for companies

State of play

For several years there has been more or less pressure depending on the company to have benevolent management. Employee mental health has become a priority. The manager must promote well-being at work. This is even more true since the avalanche of changes that the world of work has experienced since 2020.

As a result, managers who wish to fulfill this mission, in addition to those inherent to their position, will spend time with the members of their teams in order to create and/or maintain links. They will regularly make themselves available alongside their work to answer a call or an email. Thus, they are present, available and attentive managers. Teleworking having made the boundaries between personal time and professional time very thin, the manager adapts.

Running after time

In theory, everything seems perfect. However, in practice, this can lead to manager burnout. Indeed, in this equation, who takes care of their own mental health?

In the same way that we tell a young mother to rest when her baby is sleeping, we might be tempted to tell managers to leave when 5 p.m. has struck. However, it may be that many unforeseen events have arisen in their day and they have barely had time to start what they had set out to do. It may even be that some of their tasks for the day are due the next day at 8 a.m. for the first meeting. So they have no other option than to get back to work after dinner.

Who takes care of these managers?

It’s certain that working an evening from time to time has never offended anyone. It’s also true that getting up at the crack of dawn to finish work that’s required for that day isn’t going to change your mental health. However, if this rhythm is not occasional but habitual, your stress level may rise and your mental health may suffer certain consequences. In order not to fall into this rhythm that is inappropriate for mental health, many managers have taken the plunge and adopted the services of a professional coach. Be careful, there is nothing magical about this solution. However, having someone outside the company dedicated to listening and allowing the manager to get their head above water can make all the difference in the mental health of your managers. In this case, the coach becomes a real partner who allows the manager to gain height in order to meet his daily challenges.

The impact on managers

The coach is not there to impose a new way of doing things on the manager but to support him in his organization, his stress management or his other managerial challenges. After a few sessions, managers are more calm. The power of swapping and trying new options is underestimated! However, it is thanks to this that the mental health of managers can become optimal again. And this is how they will be much better managers for their teams. They will be more available, they will manage their stress better. But also, they will find the balance that suits them between their work, their team, and their own professional-personal balance.

For further

If you believe that the services of a professional coach could help improve your mental health, we invite you tocontact us. You will be offered a first meeting during which we will define how we can work together.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer.


Ophelie Therrien

Certified professional coach and trainer

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