Orange and Blue UK
This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign.
Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this.
Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research Centre - all workshops are free to attend. Interested readers can find out more and register to attend Growth Through People workshops here, and the Growth Through People conference here.
As we emerge from the shackles of Covid the full impact on businesses will become clearer. Some will flourish, some will flounder. The job retention scheme or furlough will soon end, loan repayments will soon begin, many organisations will have disappeared altogether, most will have restructured in one way or another and aside from a lucky few, most businesses will have shed or will have to shed some people.
Most commonly in this situation, middle managers, supervisors, project managers and team leaders become major casualties, with older and wiser managers cut for younger, less experienced and dare I say, less expensive people. Existing busy managers inherit additional staff as teams are merged and departments are amalgamated.
The overall impact is inevitable, fewer people will have to take on more responsibility, it always happens, that’s life and it will continue to happen every time we face a severe test. What is also inevitable is that this will have an impact on your managers’ levels of stress and anxiety, as well as affecting their mental health and wellbeing.
So what can you do to help mitigate the impact on your managers? How can you manage their mental health and wellbeing because another inevitability will be that the surviving managers will get squeezed from all sides, by colleagues, suppliers, clients and of course you.
Here are a few considerations to help you take more care of your key managers:
"People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care"
Orange and Blue UK
Specialists in leadership development, executive coaching, job fit benchmarking and profiling