Gallup has identified Mental Health as “The Next Global Pandemic” as the CDC reported 41.5% of U.S. adults exhibited symptoms of anxiety or depression in early 2021.
- Mental and emotional health affect employee performance every day
- The factors contributing to ill health are not going away
- 49% of Americans get their health insurance through their employer
It is not enough for today’s employer to offer counseling services paid for by the company. Our world has become a more complicated place where employee well-being is challenged every day. For employees to fully engage in their work, mental and emotional concerns have to be reasonably resolved. At the very least, employers should avoid practices that create or significantly contribute to employee ill health. Second, managers are your first line of defense to notice when a staff member is struggling with a high level of stress and anxiety regardless of the cause. Would they see it, do they care, who should do something? Employees suffering in this way cannot perform at expected levels, AND, in most cases, an early, simple intervention from their manager or HR can turn these issues around.
Understanding how workplace dynamics can contribute to stress and anxiety is essential to avoiding them. In this session, we will talk about programming to employee needs. We will go over resources HR can offer to employees of where to turn. We will discuss a mental health scenario at length. Finally, we will have some straight talk about how HR professionals must attend to their own mental health.
Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit