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June 12, 2023 | Blog

Is Your Organization Committed to Employee Mental Health?

By Zach Schmit, PN1-NC, NASM-CPT

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As the topic of mental health continues to gain momentum globally, the focus on employee mental health in the workplace has also grown significantly. Employers are now understanding more than ever the profound impact mental wellness can have on their team members, prompting them to commit more resources and efforts into establishing a culture that prioritizes employee well-being.

Comprehensive, standalone Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are one of the fastest growing initiatives being implemented by companies of all sizes and industries. The bare bones EAPs of old, doing the absolute minimum, are beginning to go by the wayside. The most impactful EAPs focus on supporting individuals holistically, while at their core continue to offer confidential counseling services to employees and their immediate family members. By facilitating access to these critical resources, organizations can play a crucial role in helping employees become the best version of themselves.

Prioritizing mental health workshop training is another notable initiative pursued by forward-thinking organizations. These workshops often equip individuals with the skills to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, burnout, compassion fatigue, substance use disorders, and much more. By training employees in various aspects of mental health and wellness, organizations foster a culture of openness and support regarding mental health matters, empowering employees to seek assistance when needed.

For organizations whose business models can support it, implementing a higher degree of work flexibility is also becoming a common tool used to support employee mental health. With more individuals striving to discover greater work-life balance, employers are starting to offer hybrid, all the way to fully remote, work arrangements. This flexibility allows employees to tailor their work schedules to their personal needs, effectively reducing stress and supporting mental health.

Committing to employee mental health yields several benefits, chief among them being increased productivity across the board. Mentally healthy employees are simply more engaged and productive in their work than those who are not.

Moreover, it has been shown that investing in employee mental health initiatives can lead to decreased healthcare costs over time. Employees with access to mental health support are less likely to require costly medical interventions like hospitalization, resulting in reduced healthcare expenses for both employees and employers.

Improved employee retention rates represent another significant byproduct of investing in employee mental health. Employees who feel supported by their employer are more likely to remain with the company long-term. This reduces recruitment and training costs for employers and fosters a stable and loyal workforce.

Lastly, investing in employee mental health enhances a company’s reputation as a responsible employer and aids in attracting top talent. Companies that prioritize employee mental health are perceived as socially responsible and are much more appealing to potential employees.

As the emphasis on employee mental health and wellness continues to become more prevalent, the demand for securing partners who specialize in corporate wellness is also rising. If you’d like to learn more about all the options available to your organization or discuss your current mental wellness strategy, contact us today!