Employers urged to focus on mental health programmes

Employees are looking at these plans when searching for a new job, according to a report

Employers urged to focus on mental health programmes

Canadian employers are being encouraged to put more premium on their mental health plans, as a new study revealed that future employees are prioritising their mental wellness when looking for new jobs.

A national study from the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) revealed that 85% of employees think employers should be focusing on mental health programmes in the workplace.

This result should be considered by Canadian employers, according to Anthony Ariganello, CEO of CPHR Canada.

"The results of this study show that employees are much more aware of mental wellness than they were before the pandemic hit," said Ariganello in a statement. "This means it's something that should be an important consideration for all managers and CEOs as well."

In addition, 70% of the report's respondents also said they have a positive view of HR professionals, with a majority admitting that they would rather speak with them if they are facing a problem instead of going to a senior manager or colleague.

Ariganello said this sends a clear message that organisations should have trained HR professionals managing HR strategies. 

Read more: One third of your people are looking for a new job – how can HR stop them?

"It's not the case that HR professionals should be employed only by larger-scale companies, and small and medium-sized businesses should take note of that," said the CEO.

"Human Resources are business resources – organisations cannot say their team is their most valuable resource, but not ensure their needs and concerns are being met, by having someone in-house dedicated to their well-being."

CPHR Canada is an organisation representing 27,000 members in the HR profession across Canada's provinces and territories. Its survey comes after a report from RBC Insurance that Canadian workers are willing to leave their current job for another that offers better benefits.

According to that report, the top three most sought-after benefits are mental health support, health spending account, and options to add additional coverage to meet personal or financial objectives.

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