COVID-19 and Employee Well-Being: Adapting Your Workplace Wellness Program

Regardless of your industry, COVID has clearly taken a toll on employee well-being. In a recent study, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults struggle with pandemic-related anxiety and depression. A WebMD study also reported that the pandemic has had a negative impact on 77% of the employee respondents’ well-being.

How else has the stress and strain of the pandemic affected your staff and their health care needs? And more importantly, what can your organization do to help?

Is Information Overload Hazardous to Employee Well-being? Smart Ways to Help

Information overload isn’t a new concept, but the stakes have gotten higher over the last year.

In early 2020, the pandemic forced entire companies to go remote or downsize in a matter of weeks. Employees took the brunt of the stress, having to suddenly juggle work and home responsibilities at the same time.

Add to that the mother of all information overloads—a constant stream of data about the deadliest global pandemic in over a century during one of the most politically divisive times in U.S. history—and it’s no wonder your employees are overwhelmed.

Removing Barriers to Employee Mental Health Care

When it comes to employee engagement, satisfaction, and productivity, mental health is clearly a huge factor. Addressing issues such as depression and anxiety among employees has finally come to the forefront for many organizations that want to support their employees, however, there are still barriers to getting the care they need.

In fact, a mere 43% of adults with mental illness get treatment in a given year. The need for mental health support is higher than ever before, but people still face multitudes of obstacles when it comes to the stigma and access.

Why a Dry January Challenge Might Be the Reset Your Employees Need

Typically, people choose to participate in Dry January—a month without booze—after a holiday season of overconsumption. But this New Year, Dry January comes after not just a couple of months of above-average drinking, but nearly a full year.

Employee Burnout Signs: What to Watch For and How to Prevent It

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Employees often talk about feeling “burned out,” but are they really?

True employee burnout is more than needing a temporary break from work or feeling briefly worn down by an intense project. Instead, it’s a state of chronic job stress that results in overall exhaustion, frustration, and a defeatist attitude that negatively affects an employee’s personal and work life.

3 Ways Morning Routines Improve Employee Well-Being

The approaching New Year will have many of your employees thinking about establishing new habits and putting plans in place to achieve their goals in 2021.

The key word here is “plan”—healthy habits don’t become habitual overnight. They start as elements in a deliberate plan, and, over time, they become part of a routine. Eventually, the routine becomes second-nature, and a healthy lifestyle is born.

One of the best places to start? With a morning routine.

3 Ways to Support Employee Wellness During the Holidays

The most wonderful time of the year … is also among the most stressful.

This holiday season promises to be more stressful than any in recent memory. The average American is already experiencing record-high stress levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, the holidays are here.

Changing the Stigma Around Mental Health Resources

This spring, at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau screened a representative sample of Americans for depression and anxiety. What they found was nothing short of a nationwide mental health crisis.

4 Ways Technology Impacts Your Employees’ Mental Health

Is digital technology good for employee mental health, or does technology inflict more emotional harm than it alleviates?

It’s a surprisingly nuanced question, and one that couldn’t be more relevant these days, as millions of workers around the globe have been uprooted from their customary office workspaces and now find themselves working from home.

Designing a Wellness Program for Multigenerational Workplaces

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The generational makeup of the workforce is changing rapidly: for the first time in history, four generations of employees are represented in the workplace. Millennials have surpassed both boomers and Gen X to make up the largest portion (40%), while the first wave of Generation Zers, composed of people in their early 20s, are just entering the workforce.