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Mental Health Matters

We avoid that frustration through understanding that this is their survival tool, this is their survival mechanism, and if they want to come back to us, we welcome that. - Steve Miccio, CEO People USA

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed us to many traumas. Many lost loved ones unexpectedly. And the mental health effects that this has had on our society are still evident today. Coupled with being limited or completely cut off to in-person activities for so long, it's no wonder our collective mental health has taken center stage.

In a recent podcast interview with Steve Miccio, CEO of People USA, he and I discuss the importance of employers supporting their employees' mental well-being. Here are a few highlights from the discussion:

  1. Encourage a healthy work/life integration. There's simply no such thing as a work/life balance. Therefore, it's imperative for employers to set clear expectations for working hours, discourage excessive overtime, and encourage employees to use their vacation time. This will help successfully integrate the two.

  2. Implement mental wellness programs with access to resources. These programs and resources can address various aspects of mental wellbeing. Employers can also organize workshops, webinars, and training sessions on stress management, resilience, and mindfulness which can help employees build coping skills and foster a positive work culture.

  3. When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

For more on mental health in the workplace, check out the Spring Forward Podcast episode 13 entitled "Minds Unmuted: Destigmatizing Mental Illness in the Workplace."

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