Bosses should be sent on mental health courses to stop employees becoming stressed and depressed, claims major study as expert reveals tips to make you happier at work

Mail Online | 10/12/2017 | Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
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Persuading your boss to go on a mental health awareness course could stop you from becoming depressed and stressed at work - and lead to a promotion.

A landmark study found employees reported 18 per cent less sick days caused by poor mental health if their manager went on a four-hour training programme.

Workloads - Health - Days - Bosses - Employees

Hectic workloads can often lead to poor mental health, which result in sick days that can frustrate bosses and hold employees back from that pay rise.

But managers become 'supportive' and more aware of their stress if they go on the programme, a trial published in the prestigious The Lancet Psychiatry suggests.

Employees - Pressure - Shoulders - Role - Depression

This leads to employees feeling less pressure on their shoulders, allowing them to flourish in their role and avoid being gripped by depression.

The world-first University of New South Wales research, based on 128 managers responsible for close to 4,000 staff, are dubbed 'promising'.

Gloss - Reveals - Employees - Bosses - Reality

Here, Get The Gloss reveals exactly what employees need to do and change for their bosses to understand the reality of their poor mental health.

Dr Samuel Harvey, lead author of the study, said: 'Workplaces and managers should be part of the solution to poor mental health.

Problems - Illness - Impact - People - Careers

'One of the key problems of mental illness is the impact it can have on people's careers, but this doesn't have to be the case.

'Managers are in a unique position to help employees with their mental health, yet many can feel reluctant to raise mental health concerns without formal training.

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Why you really want to have a supportive manager

He added: 'Having a supportive manager can make a huge difference to a person's mental wellbeing.

Study - Health - Training - Managers - Changes

'As this study shows, giving basic mental health training to managers can bring significant changes to both confidence and behaviour among staff.

'With a large proportion of employees now working longer and more flexibly than in...
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