Tag: Mental Health

New DOL Guidance Address Mental Health Leave Under FMLA

The past few years have heightened feelings of stress and isolation for many people, and with the seemingly continuous news cycle of incidents of mass violence, mental health has taken a much-needed place in the forefront of the national conversation. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reminded employers that mental health affects both employees […]

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 […]

DOL Explains Expanding FMLA Leave to Care for Mental Health Conditions

We’ve all heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it comes to expectant mothers or for recovery from serious physical health conditions, such as heart attacks or surgeries. The application of FMLA protection for mental health conditions is more nuanced, however. Mental health conditions are increasing worldwide. According to the World Health […]

Benefits Disconnect: Closing the Perception Gap for Mental Health

People don’t want to be told what to do; they want to be heard. In my experience as a clinician and an executive in people operations, the greatest opportunities for both personal and organizational change occur in a psychologically safe environment that invites engagement. Such safety is established in one-on-one conversations and by fostering company-wide […]

Mental Disengagement’s Surprising Benefits

Disruptions in the environment around us, while unpleasant at best and heartbreaking at worst, can sometimes contribute to positive improvements in the working culture. One such shift can be seen in businesses that are discussing and implementing psychological safety measures. Organizational researchers first coined the phrase psychological safety in the 1960s, and it has since […]

FMLA and a Winning First Step Towards Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

On March 6, 2022, HBO premiered the show Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, chronicling the showtime era of the Lakers dynasty. The show is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. The show focused not only on star athletes […]

Employers, Now’s the Time to Invest in Youth Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the growing mental health crisis among America’s young people, and the problem has also started to bleed into the workplace. Fifty-three percent of working parents have reported missing work at least once per month to deal with their children’s mental health needs, and 30% to 50% of those same parents […]

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 […]

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. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered dramatic increases in anxiety and depression and contributed to 35 million additional Americans […]

If Employees Are Stiff and Stressed, Exercise at Work Can Help

With the new year, many people are enthusiastic about New Year’s resolutions, and often those intentions center on fitness and wellness goals. That may be especially true this year as the pandemic drags on. The stress, isolation, and disruption brought on by COVID takes a toll on employees’ mental and physical health and is getting […]