Companies pledge to continue improving employee mental health
Employee mental health has declined in recent years, according to many studies.
The mental health of workers has deteriorated since the start of the pandemic.
Compared to 2019, many employees have more psychological problems. According to a survey by The Standard, an insurance company, 46 percent of those surveyed said they “suffer from mental health problems.” Before the pandemic, it was only 39 percent. More people are also suffering from severe mental illness, 11 percent in 2020, up from 7 percent before the pandemic.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a survey on employee mental health in 2021. More than 40 percent of the 1,099 employees surveyed said they felt “hopeless, burned out or exhausted.”
The importance of employee mental health and wellbeing has increased for many employers during the pandemic. Many of these employers are committed to improving the mental health of their employees.
More than 80 companies have signed a pledge to continue making employee mental health and wellbeing a priority, according to a press release. The promise begins with two simple lines: “Times are uncertain. Our commitment to mental health is: not†
Thrive, a technology company, and SHRM started the pledge, which has been signed by a variety of companies. They include public companies such as MetLife and Walmart and private companies and nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association.
“More than ever, employers must commit and provide adequate resources to support the successful mental health and well-being of their employees,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM President and CEO in the press release. “Not only is it good for their business, it’s the right thing to do.”
Read the pledge online.
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Alex Saurman is the content editor for occupational health and safety.