The Successful Thinker: Innovative Ways to Promote Mental Wellness in the Workplace
In the U.S., 1 in 5 adults reports having a mental health disorder. And let’s face it, work adds a ton of stress and anxiety to our lives.
Whether employees are stressed about job insecurity, their workloads, poor company culture, bad managers, unhealthy relationships, or a lack of purpose, there’s a lot to be stressed about. But companies can and should play a role in supporting the mental health of their employees. They can raise awareness, reduce stigmas, and adapt programs that prioritize mental health in the workplace.
Many companies have already done this. Take Deloitte, for example, which introduced a chief wellness officer to improve employees’ mental, physical, and emotional health. Or American Express, which makes mental health counselors available to its employees every week.
Many other companies are forming support groups and encouraging employees and their managers to feel comfortable sharing their struggles with mental health.
Author: Meredith Wood
Bio: Meredith Wood is a vice president at Fundera. She is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending and frequently contributes to SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, and StartupNation.