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Leading well and staying psychologically healthy: the role of resources and constraints for managers in the healthcare sector

Marie-Hélène Gilbert (Department of Management, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)
Julie Dextras-Gauthier (Department of Management, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)
Maude Boulet (École nationale d'administration publique, Montreal, Canada)
Isabelle Auclair (Department of Management, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)
Justine Dima (School of Management and Engineering Vaud, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland)
Frédéric Boucher (Department of Management, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Article publication date: 27 November 2023

Issue publication date: 24 January 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Maintaining a healthy and productive workforce is a challenge for most organizations. This is even truer for health organization, facing staff shortages and work overload. The aim of this study is to identify the resources and constraints that influence managers' mental health and better understand how they are affected by them.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach was chosen to document the resources, the constraints as well as their consequences on managers in their day-to-day realities. The sample included executive-, intermediate- and first-level managers from a Canadian healthcare facility. A total of 62 semi-structured interviews were conducted. The coding process was based on the IGLOO model of Nielsen et al. (2018) to which an employee-related level was added (IGELOO).

Findings

Results highlight the importance of considering both resources as well as constraints in examining managers' mental health. Overarching context, organizational constraints and the management of difficult employees played important roles in the stress experienced by managers.

Practical implications

The results offer a better understanding of the importance of intervening at different levels to promote better organizational health. Results also highlight the importance of setting up organizational resources and act on the various constraints to reduce them. Different individual strategies used by managers to deal with the various constraints and maintain their mental health also emerge from those results.

Originality/value

In addition to addressing the reality of healthcare managers, this study supplements a theoretical model and suggests avenues for interventions promoting more sustainable organizational health.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank all the participants for their time. Preparation of this article was made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Citation

Gilbert, M.-H., Dextras-Gauthier, J., Boulet, M., Auclair, I., Dima, J. and Boucher, F. (2024), "Leading well and staying psychologically healthy: the role of resources and constraints for managers in the healthcare sector", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 70-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-12-2021-0442

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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