Putting Mental Health Strategies to Work at Work

Today, it’s more common than ever to see employers who are focusing on strategies to assist their employee population in managing mental wellness – and it’s a good step forward. Most recently, the NBA was in the spotlight after some predominant players came forward to talk about how they’ve been dealing with mental health issues and since that time, mental health continues to become more of an open conversation – not a weakness.

Maybe you’re already putting mental health strategies to work for your employees or maybe you’re hoping to in the near future. Wherever you are in the journey, DHS Group’s VP of Employer Solutions and experience employee wellbeing professional Rich Siegenthaler, has a few recommendations to both get you started and make sure you’re covering all the bases you should be.

1.     Educate your employees on the vast benefits of your EAP (Employee Assistance Program).  EAP’s have been given a bad rap over the years (most of which are untrue), but they provide many benefits, including mental health resources (free of charge) for employees to utilize.

2.      Provide financial wellness programming.  The number one stressor in American households today are financial.  While employees do need to understand how to invest their resources in the traditional ways (like 401Ks), the new trend is to provide tools for employees to manage their day-to-day and month-to-month budgets. 

Many times, employees say that they understand they need to put more into their 401K, but know that if they do, they will not be able to pay their bills.  Financial wellness programming helps people look at their earnings, bills and expenses, and learn how to manage them more effectively. It is a day-to-day management strategy that helps employees – “everyday Americans” lead a more comfortable and accountable lifestyle when it comes to their financial health. 

3.      Flexible schedules and/or “work from home” strategies for working mothers.  The majority of American households now have both parents or the “only” parent in the household working.  Being a single-income parent and or a double-working household, requires immense time management skills when raising children and providing attention and love.  Employers can look at their positions across the board, making decisions to help reduce the mental stress that being either a single parent and or double household working family brings.

“Good mental health programming is not about spending money, it is about good leadership,” Siegenthaler said. “Understanding your workforce, your employee demographics and how your very own organization operates, can go a long way in helping your employee’s pursuit of mental wellness.

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