Even before COVID-19 upended life as we know it both on and off the job, workforce mental health has been under pressure. Rates of mental health concerns have been on the rise for decades; however, for many, the ongoing pandemic and surrounding challenges have made the situation much worse.
Workforce mental health support not only saves money otherwise lost to costly medical and disability claims—and absenteeism and presenteeism—but also could save lives. Employers have an important opportunity to address employee mental health by offering inclusive work environments and providing easy access for employees struggling with mental illness.
This May during Mental Health Awareness month, support your employees by utilizing these helpful resources to help break the stigma surrounding mental health concerns.
Every individual brings unique characteristics and identities to the table. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) initiatives aim to recognize and celebrate all the various ways people show up and come together.
Many employers acknowledge that without inclusive, people-centered workplaces, the wellbeing of their employees suffers. Therefore, the workplace serves as an important place (in person and virtually) to form DEI&B efforts.
When employees feel valued, respected and accepted, they perform better and have overall higher levels of wellbeing. Diverse workforces are higher performing; as they benefit from the unique experiences and perspectives of their team, resulting in more creativity and innovation!
Cultivate an environment that celebrates your employees' differences by tapping into the resources below.
Health care costs and saving adequately for retirement are two of the most pressing financial issues employees face today—regardless of income level. Many organizations manage financial and health benefits separately, but health and finances are impossible to separate for employees.
For employers, offering financial benefits that align with employee needs is critical. 81% of employees are interested in employer support that would improve their overall financial wellbeing, and 75% are more likely to stay with a company that cares about their financial wellbeing.*
This April, during financial literacy month, put your people first by boosting financial health and providing education around savings, retirement and day-to-day budgeting. The resources below offer the perfect starting point to help you navigate the needs of your workforce across all life stages and financial goals.
The immune system is our body's most significant natural defense for preventing illness and chronic diseases. And yet, the importance of maintaining a healthy immune system is often overlooked and easily neglected. A weakened immune system can wreak havoc on the body, leading to a decline in daily functioning, increased levels of stress, and the onset of chronic diseases.* Stress, sleep, nutrition, and physical activity are all factors that significantly affect immune health.
Like cars need fuel to run correctly, bodies must be fueled to maintain optimum functioning. By encouraging employees to optimize immune health and take breaks, you can boost productivity, mental focus and increase the overall wellbeing of your workforce.
Share the resources below with your employees to provide helpful tips that emphasize the importance of fueling their immune system every day.
*Centers for Disease Control
Let’s get to the heart of the matter. February signifies the national health observance of heart health. Typically, we focus on the prevention and early detection of heart disease. Why? According to the CDC, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease*; however, heart disease can often be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing heart conditions.
This year, think about taking a more holistic approach. Heart disease not only leads to strokes and heart attacks (in the form of catastrophic claims to your medical plan) but also steals the lives and livelihood of your people and causes heartbreak for their loved ones.
Take a whole-hearted approach to February by advocating for adopting healthy habits amongst your employees to manage and prevent heart disease while also encouraging your employees to practice actions that make their hearts feel full.
Review the employer resources to set up your month for success and connect your employees with the educational materials on “heart health” below.
*Centers for Disease Control
A new year can signify a fresh start, a ‘shiny’ new you, complete with new goals. But for many, the thought of setting personal or professional goals may feel less than inspiring after the challenges and continued uncertainty of the last two years.
Instead, encourage your employees to focus on taking stock of the moments, activities and things that enhance their quality of life and shedding those that do not. Suggest some ideas that your team can use to set intentions around practicing kindness and self-care for themselves and others, including:
Make space for healthy habits such as taking breaks, getting organized and getting enough rest to keep your immune system rejuvenated.
Evaluate and set healthy boundaries with your work schedule to prevent burnout.
Practice empathy with colleagues who may be experiencing their own challenges.
As you navigate the road ahead, rely on these resources to help your employees stay mindful of prioritizing their needs and, of course, make sure you’re implementing these practices yourself.