“They are of the stiff upper lip generation who tend not to share their emotions in the workplace”Line managers are meant to be responsible for spotting the signs of early mental health issues in their team members, but who takes responsibility for the line manager/partner’s mental health and wellbeing All too often, sadly, the answer is no one. If a senior individual is going through a life changing event such as divorce, death or terminal illness of a close family member, someone in their organisation should be tasked with recognising that these are exceptionally stressful situations and ensuring that they receive the support they need, as these individuals are statistically the least likely to ask for help for fear of being viewed as weak. They are of the stiff upper lip generation who tend not to share their emotions in the workplace, as they feel it is unprofessional to do so. Conversely, vulnerability is viewed as a sign of strength and authenticity contributing to an honest and open workplace culture by Generation X and millennials.
Work and Wellbeing 4 May 2018
The lost generation at greatest risk of harm: What we can learn about mental health from millennials
Michelle Chance, partner and head of the London employment team at transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson UK, discusses what senior decision makers can learn from younger staff members around the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Staff rarely feel sorry for their line managers, so employees will be shocked to learn that the forgotten generation when it comes to taking active steps to protect their mental health are those in mid-ranking or senior managerial positions and partners in professional services firms. A type personalities are most attracted to these managerial roles, but they are significantly more likely than other personality types to be adversely affected by mental health issues and they are the least likely to admit it and seek the help that they need. This is further borne out by the fact that the Office of National Statistics’ Opinions And Lifestyle Survey revealed on 1 May 2018 that high earners are far more likely to drink alcohol than those in manual jobs. Finance workers, lawyers and doctors are among those classified as higher earning managerial and professional occupations. Hazardous drinking among those aged 45 plus in this higher earning category has increased significantly since 2005.