A newborn baby, an active 3-year-old, a full-time job, a husband and a laundry list of other responsibilities. Bouncing from daycare to work meetings to the office and not to mention unexpected ER and doctor trips added on top. All while making sure I eat daily and take care of myself so I do not suffer from post-partum.
This is my life, my own personal struggle. But the reality is that so many people in this world are suffering from their own mental health disorder. It could be anxiety, bullying, depression, workplace stress, or physical burnout, just to name a few. On top of that, everyone is now currently trying to adapt to this new version of “normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health disorders are among the most burdensome health concerns in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults aged 18 or older (18.3% or 44.7 million people) reported any mental illness in 2016. In addition, 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress, such as a headache or feeling overwhelmed or anxious. This statistic should come as no surprise to most, but what is being done to help those in the workplace?
Workplace wellness programs have become one area in which employers are placing their efforts. These programs can identify those at risk and get them on the right treatment path while helping to reduce and manage their stresses. The CDC states that addressing mental health issues in the workplace, employers can reduce health care costs for their businesses and employees.
So, what can an employer do to help reduce stress for their employees and improve their mental health? For starters, don’t be afraid to talk about the topic and accept that most of your employees are going through something whether they show it or not. This list below is just a few action steps that employers can take:
- Allow your employees to have access to a health self-assessment tool
- Offer low out of pocket costs for depression medications or mental health counseling
- Host webinars/seminars/workshops that address the topics at hand and ways to manage the stress that life brings
- Have dedicated quiet spaces in the office for employees to take a couple of minutes to gather themselves
- Provide training for those in management level positions to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and stress of team members
- Hang flyers and materials of resources employees can use
- Offer employee value adds that your broker partners may have available to you
At Univest Insurance, we have a great Perks@Work program that we offer to our clients and prospects. We are able to offer educational seminars about topics that are important to employees along with the ability to potentially save them money which brings value while also helping to reduce stress.
With the current situation and pandemic that is going on, mental health is more crucial than ever. We no longer have control over certain things in our lives and are doing our best to navigate these uncharted waters.
If you have any questions or would like some help assisting with this important topic, Univest Insurance is here to help. Contact us at 800-220-3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get a conversation started.
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