With a little help from my boss : supervisors as resource-facilitators

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dc.contributor.advisor Kelloway, E. Kevin
dc.creator Dimoff, Jennifer K., 1989-
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-12T14:53:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-12T14:53:10Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other HF5549.5 E42 D563 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/26711
dc.description 180 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 126-145).
dc.description.abstract Employee mental health problems are among the most costly issues facing employers in the developed world. In North America, mental health problems directly affect 1 in 5 people and are the leading cause of workplace disability. Recognizing this, many employers have introduced resources designed to help employees cope with stressors. Yet, these resources are remarkably underutilized. My research was designed to evaluate the role of organizational leaders in increasing employee resource-use. To do so, I took a three-phased approach. First, I conducted a qualitative study, whereby I interviewed managers about their experiences managing employees with mental illnesses. Second, I developed and validated an other-rated measure of strain to help leaders recognize the behavioral warning signs of a struggling employee—an employee who could benefit from resources. Third, a three-hour mental health awareness training (MHAT) for managers was delivered and evaluated using a longitudinal control group design. Compared to leaders who did not participate in the MHAT, leaders who participated in the training a) experienced improvements in their ability to recognize warning signs of deteriorating employee mental health, b) engaged in significantly more mental health promotion behaviors and activities in the workplace, and c) took more comprehensive action to direct employees towards available resources. Employees whose leaders attended the training also experienced increased willingness to seek out resources and reported using resources more frequently than their colleagues whose leaders did not attend the training. Thus, mental health training for managers can exert a positive impact on employee and leader outcomes up to three months post-training. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HF5549.5.E42
dc.subject.lcsh Employee assistance programs
dc.subject.lcsh Supervisors -- Training of
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- Mental health
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- Mental health services
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- Counseling of
dc.subject.lcsh Personnel management -- Psychological aspects
dc.title With a little help from my boss : supervisors as resource-facilitators en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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