About 86% of U.S. Workers Want a Corporate Culture that Supports Mental Health Dialogue, Study Finds
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- A recent study by Total Brain has revealed the growing need for corporate wellness initiatives that offer mental health support to workers. In the context of the pandemic, many workers are now having to deal with a myriad of challenges, including financial stress, quarantine fatigue, depression, anxiety, as well as substance abuse, and they are looking to their employers to help them find a way out
- The survey found that 86% of employees want their employers to build a corporate culture that encourages open dialogue about mental health challenges and get clear solutions without discrimination and bias.
- The survey further found that 50% of respondents feel their employers has not done well enough to provide mental health support in the workplace, especially in the context of COVID-19. This, as a pre-pandemic poll by the American Pschiatric Association points out, has made as many as half of U.S workers uncomfortable talking about their mental health challenges in the workplace
- "Many corporate leaders, while caring and empathetic, are not fully aware of the range of issues and challenges their employees are facing; nor the fear employees have about coming forward seeking help," noted Louis Gagnon, CEO, Total Brain. "The face of anxiety, depression and PTSD is not always what one imagines. Mental health issues are often silent and invisible."
- Employers, therefore, need to pivot wellness strategies to address one of the most crucial concerns of their workers in these unprecendented times to improve employee wellbeing, boost productivity, and promote employee retention