Remote workers need mental health benefits and support

Working from home can still wreak havoc on your employees' well-being

Remote workers need mental health benefits and support

Taking care of the well-being of your employees, especially if they’re working from home, is vital. After all, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every aspect of daily life, wreaking havoc on everyone’s mental health.

Perhaps if companies took the steps necessary to alleviate stress and burnout, the Great Resignation wouldn’t be so great. After all, more than 47 million American workers quit their jobs in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Furthermore, 50% of those employees claimed to have left their jobs for their mental health, according to non-profit organization Mind Share Partners.

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Companies need to start providing adequate mental health training and sessions both virtually and in person for all employees. There are many employee assistance programs (EAPs) that companies can offer their workforce who need support and a safe space to share and vent out emotions. Helping employees take care of their mental health ensures they can work at their best and minimize the stress and burnout their work responsibilities put on. In addition, offering mental health support strengthens the trust employees have for the company.

According to a recent Lyra Health survey, 60% of employee benefits leaders said employee expectations around mental health support rose over the past year, and 92% said providing mental health support became a higher priority for their company over the past year.

“Mental health support has become a baseline expectation for so many employees,” Arielle Trzcinski, director of product marketing at Lyra Health, told HRD. “It’s table stakes for your benefits strategy. The health care system is incredibly complex and super hard to navigate. Finding a primary care doctor can already be difficult, let alone finding a mental health provider, especially if you’re not quite sure what you need.”

For 10 other benefits and perks that HR leaders should be offering remote workers, click here.

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