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Navigating Workplace Wellbeing

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Five strategies to support emotional health in the workplace, during Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time that serves as a pivotal reminder to place workplace wellbeing, particularly emotional health, at the forefront of organizational priorities. Gallagher’s 2022 Workforce Trends Report reveals that employers increasingly value emotional wellbeing (79 percent) over physical (48 percent), financial (45 percent) and career (33 percent) wellbeing, highlighting its profound impact on overall employee satisfaction and productivity.

Access Emotional Wellbeing Initiatives

To address the growing emphasis on emotional wellbeing, organizations are urged to evaluate their current initiatives and identify areas where they can strengthen support structures within the workplace. One key aspect of this involves adopting a data-driven approach to refining mental health initiatives. By evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs and selecting relevant metrics and mental health key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned with organizational goals, employers can measure progress and identify areas for improvement.

Empower Leaders Through Mental Health Training

In addition to data-driven approaches, another way to manage emotional wellbeing in the workplace is realizing that mental health training for leaders is no longer an option, but rather essential. Leaders play a pivotal role in shaping workplace cultures that prioritize and support emotional wellbeing through open communication and advocacy. Equipping people managers with the right resources and training empowers them to be advocates of mental health, creating a culture of support and understanding that enhances employee morale and retention.

Integrate Comprehensive Benefit Strategies

As employers strive to create a strategic action plan that champions the physical and emotional wellbeing of their employees, it’s important to think about the whole person who comes to work. This involves integrating critical pillars such as Preventative Care, Emotional Wellbeing and Caregiving into a comprehensive benefit strategy. By addressing the multifaceted needs of employees, organizations can create environments that support overall wellbeing and promote long-term success.

Prevent Toxic Work Culture

As companies seek to strengthen connections with employees, it’s important to address the signs of a toxic workplace and the impact of workplace culture on mental health, as warned by the U.S. Surgeon General. Research emphasizes the correlation between workplace culture and employee wellbeing, underscoring the need for proactive measures to prevent toxic work environments.

Strengthen Equity in the Workplace

Comprehensive support extends beyond addressing toxic cultures to encompass various initiatives aimed at fostering inclusive and supportive workplaces. Transparent pay practices, for instance, can help narrow gender pay gaps and promote fairness and empowerment. Inclusive health programs further support mental wellbeing by fostering environments that prioritize inclusivity and support for all employees.

In an ever-evolving landscape of workplace wellbeing, nurturing the mental health of the workforce is crucial for steering your organization towards a healthier and more successful future.  As you navigate Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond, join our webinar, a vital discussion within the 2024 Own Your Growth: Women’s Leadership Series, to gain valuable insights and actionable strategies for fostering a culture of support and understanding within your organization.  

Register now to hear from our distinguished speakers and take the next steps towards creating a workplace that prioritizes the mental health and wellbeing of all employees.  


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