Mental health awareness doesn’t end after the month of May. While we’ve seen an increase in dialogue around mental health support, it’s time for companies to put a plan into action.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 75% of employees reported their company does not have an overall workplace mental health strategy to help them with their depression, stress, and anxiety at work. Since the pandemic, the majority of Americans who left their jobs in 2021 are more likely to say their new job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement, and more work-life balance and flexibility.
People are burned out, stressed, and working through trauma in order to perform day-to-day responsibilities at their job. It’s up to company leaders to listen to their employees, provide mental health resources, and implement formal policies that allow team members to create and maintain a work-life balance. Perfeqta has outlined a few ways your organization can create an action plan that prioritizes employees’ mental health.
If you’re a company leader who isn’t sure how to support employees’ mental health concerns, start the conversation and they will tell you what you need. Due to the sensitivity of these topics, find more than one way to communicate with team members, such as:
Here are 5 questions you can ask via surveys or in an open forum to inform your next steps:
It’s important to not shy away from difficult conversations inside and outside of the workplace that are affecting employees’ mental health, especially those who often feel alone.
Once you’ve started this conversation, take immediate action by communicating your findings from survey responses, 1:1 meetings, and open forums, and the company’s next steps. As time goes on, be sure to update your team on progress along the way.
Of the nearly 53 million U.S. adults with a mental illness, only 46% have access to mental health services, which brings forth a call for employers to provide clearer access to services, some of which they may already provide.
Below is a list of benefits and resources more companies are offering employees:
For company leaders who want to create a healthy work environment, they can implement policies that show mental health awareness and a work-life balance are embedded into the organization’s values.
Over the last two years, we’ve seen an increase in companies offering employees:
We at Perfeqta also see an increase in leadership training for managers and company executives on workplace mental health.
To get started, reach out to the Perfeqta team and learn more about our services.
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