May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health and the New Ways of Working.

Mental Health and the New Ways of Working

The subject of mental health is at the top of mind for everyone these days. Within the past several years, domestic and global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans, violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, natural disasters, and political unrest are just a few examples scratching the surface of the many stressors compounding against our mental health.

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A bright side to the disruption and trauma is the normalization of mental health topics, discussions and initiatives, especially in the workplace. While some employers may have been slow to adapt to this new employee need, several have been responsive by implementing initiatives like:

1. Culture Changes
2. More Sustainable Ways of Working
3. Mental Wellness Days
4. Mental Health Assessment Tools
5. Improved Access to Mental Health Care

As an employer, it’s imperative to establish policies and initiatives that prioritize mental health. It’s not just a nice to have, these new ways of working are requirements, especially as younger generations (Millennials and Gen Z) join and mature in the workforce. Your commitment to these types of policies not only affects the health of your coworkers but also your brand/organization’s reputation and viability as an employer of choice.

For more information about mental health in the workplace, take a look at these articles: It’s a New Era for Mental Health at Work, Mental health in the workplace: why is it important and what support is available? and Corporate Wellness: The Importance of Mental Health at Work.