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Reflecting on Mental Health Awareness Month

May was Mental Health Awareness Month. For those who are struggling, know that it’s okay to not be okay—please reach out for help if you need it, and remember that there are people who care about you.

While the month may be over, that doesn’t mean we should stop prioritizing wellbeing. We’ve collected our favorite articles on mental health in the workplace. Each article is full of advice, strategies, and first-hand experience on how to cultivate a company culture that supports its employees.

‘HR Works Podcast: Wellbeing That Goes Beyond Work-Life Balance’

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we take a closer look at the definition of employee wellness with Dr. Kristal Walker, Vice President of Employee Wellbeing at Sweetwater.  Learn how wellness goes beyond simply finding work-life balance and how mental health is one of five elements Kristal uses to build an effective employee wellbeing program.

‘HR Works Presents HR Work Break: Employee Mental Health and the Importance of Appreciation’

Dr. Meisha-Ann Martin, Senior Director of People Analytics and Research at Workhuman, joins to discuss workplace mental health and wellbeing. Listen in as we discuss the importance of check-ins, appreciation, and psychological safety for employee mental health.

‘Mental Health and Well-Being at Work Infographic’

The past two years highlighted the need to focus on employee mental health and well-being in the workplace. Let’s look at some recent statistics, courtesy of Workhuman. For more statistics and information, check out Workhuman’s full Human Workplace Index

‘5 Ways to Support Employee Mental Well-Being’

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered dramatic increases in anxiety and depression, and contributed to 35 million additional Americans suffering from behavioral health conditions. Employee wellness is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted solution. Following are five ways employers can support employee mental health through strategic use of well-being initiatives.

‘Addressing Stress in the Workplace’

Creating a positive work environment is more important than ever as many people return to their offices. While the pandemic put mental and emotional strain on all of us, it inspired a conversation about what works best for employees. What is it about working in the comfort of their own homes that people like? How can that kind of comfortability be replicated in the workplace?

‘Don’t Underestimate the Power of Gratitude’

Business leaders are resorting to a variety of measures to offset the “Great Resignation” trend, including offering pay raises and more flexible work schedules and expanding employee health and wellness programs. Yet, CNBC reports almost half of employees are looking for a new job or plan to soon. So, what else can managers do to raise job satisfaction levels among their team members and reduce turnover? A growing volume of research suggests by simply and regularly saying “thank you.”

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