Can our post-COVID-19 workplaces afford a potential 70% gap in mental health support?
As we tentatively take steps on the other side of the COVID-19 global pandemic, one of the biggest concerns facing organisations is the lasting impact of COVID-19 on employee’s mental health and wellbeing.
Unsurprisingly, our platform engagement rates have increased significantly as employees seek out ways to promote their own mental health and wellbeing.
With changes to the workplace environment, potential financial pressures and the additional demands on our people, the focus on mental health is likely to increase over the coming months and the need to resource, educate and support our people is greater than ever.
To explore what may be required to achieve the best outcomes, we recently conducted a poll across our platform users asking:
“If you were seeking support for your mental health within your workplace, who are you most likely to go to?”
The results are:
- 44% said they would turn to a trusted colleague within the workplace
- 26% said they would turn to a Manager
- 27% said they would seek EAP assistance
- 3% said they would seek support from their HR department
Organisations that are relying purely on their HR department and EAP providers to support mental health, are unlikely to reach up to 70% of their people.
One of the biggest contributing factors, and greatest defence in the fight against serious mental health issues, is an individual’s ability to reach out for help in times of personal crisis. For this reason, an organisation’s mental health strategy needs to be multi-layered in the post-COVID-19 environment, with resourcing and support offered at a peer-to-peer and line manager level to fully support their employees to have a conversation.
Who will your employees turn to in times of crisis?
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