Other than managerial behaviors, leadership style is another way to look at your development as a manager. What leadership style do you have, and how does that compare to the transformational leadership style? Learn about types of leadership styles and the one explored in this paper published in 2023 by Kelloway et al., called R.I.G.H.T leadership.
We now zoom out and look at managerial behaviors as a whole. Are there behaviors that are more important than others for your team’s psychological wellbeing? What are the core competencies you should be focusing on as a manager? How does developing them in their career compare to listening to them share about their day? With so many competing priorities as a manager, it’s helpful to know which ones you can focus on first. In this episode, we get down to the practical and talk actionable skills you could be honing that your team values most.
We continue the focus on remote work but now discuss what managers can do to best support their team in a remote setting. We discuss the unique challenges that face remote teams, and what this qualitative study found when interviewing both managers and employees about what managers can do that is most effective. Do managers and employees differ in their opinions? How so? Listen in to find an insight you can implement to manage your remote team today.
We now turn from the implementation of big programs to the study of workplace culture and how informal communication (i.e. small talk) can impact culture but also the commitment of your employees to your organization. Especially in the remote work world where small talk is becoming increasingly infrequent, and we long for the days when we could hang out in person at the lunch room, it is important to understand what small talk can do, and how to re-create spaces for small talk in a remote work setting.
There are a plethora of programs out there that promise to improve mental health at the workplace. But do they actually work? The problem with many of the programs is the clinical and financial impact is not measured so we have at best, a fuzzy idea of how effective they actually were. This paper by Bondar et al. 2022, however, show very clear impacts of their program on the mental health of the employees, that had both clinical and financial repercussions. It is one of the few papers out there that calculate the ROI of a program and make you have faith again that such programs, if well-designed with a good uptake, have the potential to turn the mental health of your employees around.
Psychological safety is what everyone in the workplace mental health world seem to be discussing today. It is one of the key ingredients to leading a successful team, as pioneering research by Dr. Amy Edmondson found. But how does one grow psychological safety in your team? In this episode, we go over a recent article by Adam Grant, Wharton professor of organizational psychology and host of the WorkLife podcast, that compares two different kinds of behaviors and their impact on psychological safety. Learn what is one quick, simple thing you can start doing today to start cultivating psychological safety on your team.
Having friends at work is one of key predictors of being both productive and engaged at work. At the same time, managers and bosses are more likely to say they are lonely at work. Why are managers more lonely? What are the possible consequences of this loneliness? What are some potential solutions that target managerial loneliness? In this episode, we introduce one of the core problems that drives what we do at Nurau: loneliness amongst managers. We discuss why this is a crucial problem facing the modern workforce that is increasingly isolated and the impact lonely managers can have on their team. Diving into the various studies that look at this issue, we give you a sweeping overview of the research so far and set the stage for the subsequent episodes that explore the many facets that comprise mental health at the workplace.