Managing Wellbeing in Your Team

By EssentialsMAG motivation contributor SASHA KENNEY

Workplace wellbeing has been a hot subject over the last few years, not only because there is growing recognition of individual wellbeing, but also because it has been clearly linked to higher productivity and financial gains. Managers are the key to the wellbeing of the organisation and although most are aware of it’s importance, the majority never had any formal training when it comes to managing wellbeing in their team. Here are four simple steps that you can start implementing today.

Keep communication channels open

Setting time aside to talk to your staff and sort things out before they get out of hand is of utmost importance. Communicate with your staff regularly. Ask questions and listen non-judgementally. Here are a few ways to improve your approachability:

  • Open door policy

  • Regular team meetings

  • Schedule regular one-to-one meetings


You don’t need to be a wellbeing expert or a psychiatrist to be a good manager; as long as you know where to point your team member for further support. There are many charities dealing with mental wellbeing and most companies offer a lot of support too; either through Occupational Health, Human Resources, Employee assistance programmes or connections to local facilities.

Encourage staff to be active and healthy

While “Fruit Fridays” are a good gesture, just eating apples will not improve your wellbeing. There are three pillars to wellbeing:

  • Mental; building resilience

  • Physical; being active, eating and sleeping well

  • Social; building meaningful relationships and having a good life-work balance

Set a good example

The saying “do as I say not as I do”, doesn’t go very far. If you expect your team members to be well, you need to lead by example. If you are sending your emails out at midnight, the individuals will feel the pressure of doing the same. If you eat your lunch behind the desk, members of your team are likely to feel they should do the same. So lead by example. Adopt a healthy lifestyle; be active, eat well and nurture relationships.

Everybody has a potential to be a good manager, but we do need to learn to look after our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our team members.

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EssentialsMAG motivation contributor is Sasha Kenney, Wellbeing Coach, World Record holder, business owner and Motivational Speaker.

Victoria Lee