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Oct 11, 2023 | Mental Health

The Profound Impact of Business Owners’ Mental Health on Staff Retention

Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson


Are you the Anti-Staff OR the Shepherd of your flock?

About this article

The landscape of mental health has been undergoing a massive shift, revealing its influence not just in personal spaces, but also within the spheres of business and leadership. What often goes unnoticed is the substantial impact that a business owner’s mental health can have on their team’s morale. Notably, the mental health of business owners can significantly impact their ability to create, manage, and retain a highly productive team.

Inspired by personal experience and a need to shed more light on this less-explored topic, I examine how business owners’ mental health can affect staff retention and how my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service can help transform individuals mental state, enhancing self-awareness, cultivating emotional intelligence, and developing effective stress management techniques so that they are able to nurture a more resilient and motivated workforce and improve team-building and retention efforts.

The Ripple Effect: How a business owner's mental health impacts the team

At the heart of a thriving business lies the mental well-being of its leader. A business owner in a good mental state fosters a healthy work environment, encouraging creativity, productivity, and positive relationships. On the flip side, an owner struggling with mental health issues can unintentionally create a challenging work environment, often resulting in detrimental effects on the team.

A business owner’s poor mental health can permeate their organisation in various ways, the following are some key examples of this.

Impaired Decision-Making and Poor Productivity:

When combined with untreated mental health issues, the pressure and stress of running a business can negatively impact a leader’s decision-making abilities. Erratic, impulsive decisions can lead to instability within the business, fostering a climate of uncertainty that can affect the team’s morale and productivity.

Negative Interpersonal Relations:

Mental health issues can often affect an individual’s capacity for empathy, patience, and effective communication, fundamental aspects of positive and productive relationships in a workspace. This deterioration in relationships can lead to a lack of trust, reduced cooperation, and increased conflict within teams.

Creation of a Toxic Work Environment:

A business owner struggling with mental health problems may inadvertently cultivate a toxic work environment. This could manifest through inconsistent expectations, inadequate recognition, poor communication, or a lack of emotional support. Such an environment can increase employee stress and burnout, contributing to a high turnover rate.

Decreased Employee Engagement:

An owner’s poor mental health can also lead to decreased employee engagement. As employees become dissatisfied with their work environment, they are more likely to lose motivation, reducing their involvement and commitment to the organisation’s goals.

Impact on Team Culture:

A business owner’s mental health can significantly shape the company’s culture. When a business owner experiences mental health challenges, they may exhibit behaviours such as irritability, impatience, or indifference, which can create a negative atmosphere. This negativity can quickly spread throughout the organisation, leading to a culture of fear or disengagement, rather than one of motivation, creativity, and mutual respect.

Reduced Capacity for Mentorship:

A key role of business owners is to provide guidance and mentorship to their team. However, when grappling with mental health issues, they may lack the focus, energy, or patience to mentor their staff effectively. This can stunt the growth of the employees and the business.

Employee Well-being:

The mental health of a leader can indirectly impact the mental health of the team. Constant exposure to a leader suffering from untreated mental health conditions can trigger stress, anxiety, and burnout in employees, especially if the work environment feels unstable or hostile.

Inconsistency in Leadership:

Mental health issues can lead to inconsistency in leadership. One day, the business owner might be energetic and positive, and the next day, they might be withdrawn and unresponsive. This inconsistency can create uncertainty among team members and make it difficult for them to trust and rely on their leader.

Impact on Strategic Vision:

A business owner suffering from mental health issues might struggle to maintain a clear strategic vision for the business. Their decision-making may become erratic, leading to frequent changes in direction that can confuse and frustrate employees. This lack of stability can erode team morale and commitment.

These examples illustrate the profound impact that a business owner’s mental health can have on various aspects of their team. It’s important for business owners to recognise and address their mental health needs, not just for their own well-being, but for the health and success of their team and their staff retention efforts.

Why professional therapy is crucial to owners dealing with mental health issues

Running a business while dealing with mental health issues can feel impossible and is certain to have far-reaching effects. While it is entirely normal to face certain added pressures when running a business, it becomes problematic when these pressures affect your day-to-day life, negatively impacting your overall mental health and well-being, and the well-being of those around you. If left unchecked, the response to these pressures can lead to or exacerbate mental health conditions like anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Here are some key reasons why professional therapy is vital to addressing your mental health, and the effects it could be having on your business:

1. Expert Guidance: Professional therapists are trained to recognise the effects that running a business can have on your mental health. I possess the skills and tools to help business owners manage and overcome these challenges so that they can enjoy running their businesses, while positively encouraging staff morale and loyalty with their teams.

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2. Identification of Root Causes: A key aspect of my therapy is identifying the root cause of the issue or condition that is affecting my clients. It might be a traumatic event, a deeply ingrained belief, or a learned behaviour pattern. By pinpointing the cause, I can work with clients to address the source of their mental health issues and behavioural problems, not just the symptoms.

3. Coping Strategies and Techniques: I provide a variety of strategies to help my clients break free from poor patterns of behaviour and underlying emotional stresses. My services include Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™), Hypnotherapy, COACHD Method Coaching™, and Integrative Counselling. These strategies are personalised to meet individual needs and are designed to transform negative thought patterns and behaviour.

4. Safety and Confidentiality: Professional therapy provides a safe and confidential space for people to express their fears, anxieties, and thoughts without fear of judgment. This comfort can be crucial in fostering an open and honest dialogue about the person’s leadership issues.

5. Long-term Relief and Personal Growth: COACHD therapy aims to provide long-term solutions rather than quick fixes. My goal is to not only help people stop their destructive behaviour but also help them grow from the experience and move forward to live the life they deserve. This might involve building resilience, improving self-esteem, or fostering a more positive outlook on life as a business owner and leader of people.

Ultimately, the thoughts that lead to poor leadership and dismal staff retention can be a complex issue deeply entwined with a person’s beliefs, emotions, and experiences. By seeking professional therapy, you can gain the resources and support necessary to navigate this challenge effectively and move toward a healthier, more positive state of mind.

Achieve your true potential with award-winning therapy

I am an expert provider of Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy services and offer a ground-breaking approach to supporting business owners and senior teams struggling with their mental health. Using revolutionary new therapeutic techniques, I help people address the root cause of negative thought patterns and behaviour and build a solid foundation for sustainable change and a brighter future.

I recognise the importance of providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the journey to becoming a brilliant business leader. As an expert therapist and founder of COACHD CLINIC, I offer personalised therapy, coaching and counselling sessions, creating a safe space for my clients to progress, discuss challenges, and receive life-changing treatment and guidance. My approach to providing ongoing support significantly increases the potential for long-term success.

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Why choose my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service?

RTT™ is a complete solution-based treatment, offering fast effective results by combining the most effective principles of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, CBT, and Neuroscience. Click this link to watch my short video on Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT™).

RTT™ helps people get to the root cause of their emotional, physical, or cognitive issues. When treating clients for issues, I believe it is crucial to help them change their way of thinking, and any unhelpful beliefs and behaviour, in order for them to increase their chances of success and achieve lasting change.

COACHD hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind, helping people deal with their past trauma and transforming any negative thoughts and beliefs into positive, empowering new ones. Using Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, my clients can transform their issues, allowing them to live the life they deserve. I believe my therapy is the most powerful and effective treatment available for people suffering from many of the issues and conditions that hold them back in their lives. Read more about Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™).

Contact me today and let me help you retain a winning team!

As a skilled therapist, I can help you master your mind to put an end to your issues so that you can live the life you desire without the time, frustration, and cost of spending years on a therapist’s couch. Contact me today for dramatic life-changing results that will empower you to wellness, often in as little as 1 to 3 sessions. And I offer an unprecedented 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on your treatment!

Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson



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