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56% of managers report a fall in staff wellbeing as a result of move to home working

"The Better Managers Manual" is a practical guide to support managers and those they manage as they navigate through this crisis and beyond, says CMI | PA Images

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New CMI research confirms just how challenging a time this is for managers with over half reporting a fall in staff wellbeing as a result of the ‘quick but necessary’ move to home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This week, CMI launched The Better Managers Manual: Managing the New Normal.

The fall in wellbeing was significantly higher for managers where their employees had parental responsibilities (59%) with mental health cited as the key health challenge among this group (36%). In comparison, 47% of managers with staff who did not have parental responsibilities, reported a decrease in employee wellbeing. 78% of all those surveyed said their staff were juggling parental and work responsibilities.  
Nationally, whilst 60% were optimistic about the economic prospects of their organisation in the next six months, only 21% share that optimism about the economy as a whole.  
Most managers suggested that the Government's job retention scheme was likely to be the most effective measure, but 1 in 4 managers remain unconvinced that Government support will be effective for UK business as a whole. Although the majority of managers thought the measures may work for UK business as a whole, with the exception of the job retention scheme, the majority did not think the package would work for their organisations specifically. 
As we work and live through such unprecedented times, it is vital to understand how managerial behaviours need to change in order to adapt to this new way of working.  
That is why CMI has developed ​ The Better Managers Manual​ , a practical guide to support managers and those they manage as they navigate through this crisis and beyond.  
The manual brings together a set of tried-and-tested tools and resources across five key themes: flexible working; crisis management; mental health and wellbeing; the new employment landscape; and good governance. 
Check out our social media channels over the next couple of days as we unpick some of the insights from the manual, and share with your friends or colleagues who may find the resources useful. 

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