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11 Ways Managers Can Positively Impact Employee Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a perfect time to talk about one of the biggest factors in employee mental health: relationships with direct supervisors and managers.

We know from a 2020 McKinsey study that this relationship is critical to job satisfaction. In fact, a January 2022 MIT Sloan Management Review article titled “Toxic Culture Is Driving the Great Resignation” cited toxic culture as the No. 1 predictor for employee resignations.

Toxic work environments don’t just happen on their own. They’re fostered by toxic policies, procedures, and leaders—all of which can have a negative impact on employees.

Can a Wellness Program Help Your Company Win the War for Talent?

The race to attract talent is intensifying for employers, and even your experienced “lifer” employees may be exploring other opportunities.

What they want isn’t complicated: recognition, respect for their well-being, opportunities to grow, and a place where they feel included. It comes down to something so simple—they want their employer to care about them. To see them as a person, not a headcount.

To retain (and win) great people at all levels, your company needs to be genuinely concerned about their well-being. And your wellness program is an excellent way to build and demonstrate this.

CSR, ESG, and DEI: Your Key to the Workplace Culture Employees Want

When it comes to choosing where they want to work, today’s employees value culture more than ever.

Yes, good compensation is still vital (we’ve all seen housing prices lately) but as the talent war heats up, many job-seekers find themselves juggling multiple competing offers. The tie-breaker? Whether the company shares and supports their values. As such, many businesses are taking a second look at their workplace culture, and how to improve it.

But … there’s a catch.

6 Springtime Wellness Challenges to Energize Your Workplace

There’s just something about spring. Everything feels reborn as Mother Nature breaks through the detritus of winter and begins to bloom again.

Spring is full of possibilities, making it the perfect time to shake up your wellness program and offer fun, meaningful challenges to help employees break through their winter doldrums and reach for the sun.

Nature-inspired analogies aside, many employees are at least somewhat the worse for wear after the past couple of years, and they could use the opportunity to make a fresh, energizing start to the spring that lets them reconnect with others—and themselves.

Why Personalization Is Critical for Your Corporate Wellness Program

In the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent Consumer Expenditures Survey, health care costs made up 8.4% of the average American household budget.

When you pay that much, you don’t want to waste a dime. That’s why employees are becoming increasingly discerning health care consumers, seeking out care and resources that work for their unique needs.

How can you help employees effectively curate their health care for optimal results … without getting too involved in their health care decisions?

Getting Past the Top 5 Barriers to DEI Program Implementation

 

There’s an old adage that says, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

In the case of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program implementation, it would be more accurate to say, “If it were easy, everyone would do it well.”

As it turns out, there are often unexpected hurdles in the way of success.

Why You Should Let Employees Choose What Mindfulness Means to Them

When employees face stress, burnout, depression, and anxiety, practicing mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help them navigate their emotions. At the same time, though, not all employees warm up to “mindfulness” as a concept, let alone a practice. They may be skeptical of the benefits, or hesitant to give it a try.

That doesn’t mean you should abandon it altogether.

By incorporating various types of mindfulness activities and challenges into your wellness program, you can meet your employees where they are—and help everybody benefit from mindfulness, in whatever form it takes.

Personalizing Member Wellness Programs: Why a Wellness Platform is Key

Member satisfaction and reenrollment—the holy grail for health plans—is becoming more challenging. Today’s health plan members are concerned about value. They want the best health outcomes for the lowest cost.

Employers and brokers have a big stake in the game, as well. It’s their job to select plans that offer the most holistic, equitable care for everyone.

Supporting Employees With Chronic Illness

If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that companies need to make employee well-being a top priority. That goes double when talking about chronic illness, which impacts 60% of adults in the United States.

Employees with chronic illness face the demands of two jobs: their paying job … and the job of managing their illness.

Fortunately, employers who help fill the support gap can make a big difference. And it’s a win-win, for the employees and your company.

How Student Loan Repayment Programs Impact Employee Wellness

From health care to transportation to education, voluntary staff attrition has become a big enough problem that HR teams are digging deep into their bag of tricks to attract and retain talent.

Some companies are even dangling the carrot of helping alleviate student loan debt, which seems to be charming candidates—and improving employees’ financial and emotional well-being.