Wellness Corner: Mental Health Awareness
Updated: May 8
Employees are an integral part of the success of a business, so taking care of them should be a top priority for employers. Offering wellness initiatives throughout your organization can be a great way to support employees and their well-being.
With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, employers should take some time to think about how they support the well-being of their employees. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, and evolving job duties, more employees are experiencing mental health challenges. In fact, a 2022 study from Lyra found that 84% of employees experienced at least one mental health challenge over the past year.
Those looking to do more to help improve the mental health of their team can consider implementing the following employee benefit offerings.
Teletherapy Services: With the pandemic making remote work more common, teletherapy services have become a popular option for employees. These services can provide employees with access to licensed therapists from the comfort of their own homes.
Meditation and Mindfulness Programs: Many companies are now offering meditation and mindfulness programs as part of their employee wellness initiatives. These programs can help employees manage stress and improve their overall mental health.
Mental Health Days: Offering employees mental health days is becoming more common. These days provide an opportunity for employees to take time off to focus on their mental health, without fear of repercussions or loss of pay.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): EAPs are confidential counseling services that are available to employees and their families. These programs can provide employees with support for a range of issues, from mental health concerns to financial problems.
Mental Health Education: Companies are beginning to offer mental health education and training to managers and employees. By educating employees on mental health, companies can create a more supportive internal culture.
SynchronyHR, a human resources outsourcing organization, recognizes the importance of employee health and wellness. Contact us today if you are looking to provide your employees with corporate-style employee benefits for small businesses, or need assistance in implementing or updating trainings and wellness initiatives. *This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional.