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Mental Health in the Workplace: World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

Nearly 264 million people across the world suffer from depression or anxiety. In the wake of COVID-19 and a push to return to the office, 44% of workers believe that in-person work will have a negative impact on their mental health. Over 30% of workers that are already in the office report that the return has worsened their mental health. In today’s world and for the future of the workforce, employers need to prioritize employee wellbeing.

Courtesy of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. “Creating hope through action” is 2022’s theme and a reminder that there is always hope and help available. If you or a loved one is struggling, know that it’s okay to not be okay—please reach out for help, and remember that there are people who care about you. In remembrance of those we’ve lost and those battling mental illness, we’ve compiled articles on how to build a company culture that supports mental health.

Wellness, Mental Health, and Burnout in the Workplace

Addressing the Second Pandemic: Employee Mental Health: Poorly managed workplaces that lack the infrastructure or ability to provide adequate mental health support are the root cause of this workplace-specific epidemic.  COVID-19 provided an opportunity for employers to shift their priorities, as well, pushing them to build workplaces that actively embrace emotional vulnerability instead of punishing it.

Mental Health and Well-Being at Work Infographic: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 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.

Study Shows Widespread Burnout Globally: For millions of workers, the health and safety restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to over 2 years of remote work. For many, that situation seems to be more or less permanent. It may be surprising then to hear that millions of employees globally are reporting feeling burned out at work.

Understanding the Definition of Burnout: Everyone in the working world has probably heard the term “burned out.” The term is often used even in nonemployment settings, such as by students in higher education feeling burned out by intense studies. Being burned out is generally considered negative, but there isn’t really a precise definition of the term.

How to Help Your Employees

How HR Can Support Employee Mental Health During Difficult Times: What role do HR professionals play in supporting employee mental health during these difficult times? How can HR improve the mental health of their workers? Are there mistakes they should try to avoid during the process?

5 Ways to Support Employee Mental Well-Being: Mental health is in a delicate state. After more than 2 years of a pandemic that has left many feeling isolated and anxious, mental health challenges are having a greater impact than at any time in recent history. This 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.

3 Ways to Support Your Employees’ Mental Health: As the world continues to reunite, we are all different than we once were. How could we not be? We now have different needs and priorities, and employees have come to learn it’s OK to openly share them in the workplace, especially when it comes to mental health.

7 Ways to Identify and Combat Employee Burnout: Keeping staff happy, healthy, and productive is a critical component to the economic recovery, and it is on employers to recognize and react to employee burnout before it is too late.

Listen to Experts for Advice

HR Works Podcast: HR’s Role in Suicide Prevention: Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States with over 47,000 Americans dying of suicide in 2017. For every successful suicide there are many attempts, and odds are that HR professionals will have to deal with a situation like this at their workplace at some point.

HR Works Podcast: A New Approach to Workplace Wellness: Cassidy Rouse, Global General Manager of Corporate Wellness at Peloton, explains why employers should consider integrating employee-sponsored wellness programs into their benefits packages, and shares how the driving factors behind the launch of Peloton Corporate Wellness.

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 the importance of check-ins, appreciation, and psychological safety for employee mental health.

HR Works Podcast: Wellbeing That Goes Beyond Work-Life Balance: Dr. Kristal Walker, Vice President of Employee Wellbeing at Sweetwater, shares her key wellness components and explains why the employee experience need to be a top priority for leadership teams in this era of the modern workforce.