Talking Out To Your Manager
Talking Out To Your Manager
1. Talk out as soon as you start to feel your mental health and well being are being affected.
If you notice that your mental health and wellbeing are suffering at work, talk out. It is better for this conversation to happen sooner rather than later so that support can be put in place for you. If work related stress and poor mental health continues for a long time it can start to impact on your day to day life outside of work.
2. Don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings at work.
Talking about how you are feeling is not something to be afraid of or a sign of weakness, it is a part of taking charge of your wellbeing and health. Talking out will normalise open discussion around mental health, and if you open up it might encourage someone else to do so.
3. Ask your manager if they have some time to talk.
So that both you and your manager are prepared for this conversation, it is a good idea to put some dedicated time aside.
4. Maybe talk to a friend first.
If you don’t feel ready to talk to someone within your workplace, it is a good idea to talk to a friend or a loved one. Just having someone to listen can help you feel less alone and more supported.
5. Choose a time and place where you know you won’t be interrupted.
You do not want to feel under pressure or rushed in any way, therefore, you should allow time for this conversation to fully explore how you are feeling and what can be done to help.
6. Think of somewhere that’s comfortable for you to have the conversation.
Choose a calm, comfortable, private location when having this conversation. For example, you do not want to be sat in a busy canteen where people are coming and going, over hearing what is being said.
7. Imagine how you will start the conversation.
It is not always easy to describe your feelings, so having a plan of how to approach this conversation is a good idea. You need to decide what you personally feel comfortable disclosing. It is okay to start off by telling your manager that this is difficult for you and to ask them to bear with you.
8. Be honest about the way you feel.
It is important to be open and honest about how you are feeling so that your manager can provide the correct support. However, how much you divulge is entirely up to you, you need to feel comfortable and recognise your boundaries and what is right for you.
9. Talk about the support you need from work.
For you to thrive at work it is so important that your manager understands your needs. Let them know which ways of communication you feel most comfortable with so that future support can be offered to you, on your terms.
10. Next steps- talk through what more support you need.
By putting together a good workplace mental health plan with your manager, you can be supported with your wellbeing in many ways. Through regular open conversations workplace adjustments can be made for you if needed.
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