6 Ways to Build a Mental Health-Focused Workplace

As the corporate world gets more comfortable with remote work, it stands to reason that employees will begin to spread out. Not everyone who works for your company will be located within the same city or even the same state or country. Building a health care package that gives access to all employees is more important than ever. 

This is where virtual care comes in. It makes quality health care available to a wider group of people. Especially mental health services. The number of those comfortable with speaking to a health care professional through virtual means has grown to 74%, a number 38 times higher than before the pandemic

Since March 2020, the prevalence of anxiety and depression has increased globally, and in many countries, it has more than doubled. When it comes to employment specifically, mental health problems and mental illness are pervasive concerns, with one in five U.S. adults reporting mental illness prior to the pandemic. That means a fifth of the workforce is facing mental and emotional conditions that could be majorly affecting their ability to do their jobs.

Absenteeism vs. Presenteeism

As an employer, you want your team to succeed. It benefits no one if a staff member feels pressured to ‘show up’ when their mental or physical health is suffering. This leads to a number of negative outcomes like bitterness and inadequate work quality. Absenteeism is a high-cost but for employers, presenteeism is even higher. 

Now more than ever, people are taking a look at how they live, how they work and what they want out of life. It makes sense that as this happens on a personal level, it also needs to happen at a business level. 

Duffy & Duffy PLLC has put together a great resource that digs into 6 tips you can begin to implement today that will help foster a healthy work environment and increase employee-mental health. 

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