Employee mental health has become an increasingly hot topic. Organizations are sometimes concerned about mental health problems being used by employees as a basis for seeking leave or avoiding certain responsibilities. (In Part II, we will examine options and strategies to address this issue.) Meanwhile, data suggests employees often hold sincere beliefs about their mental health status. For instance, according to survey results published by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), 76% of U.S. worker respondents reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition, and 84% of respondents indicated that workplace conditions had contributed to at least one mental health challenge.
While there is no silver bullet, employers should consider taking steps to help prioritize employee mental health, including the following:
Notably, the LEO publishes a monthly Mental Health in the Workplace webinar series featuring discussions about the importance of investing in mental health to build more resilient workplaces.
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