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How to Support LGBTQ+ Employees by Creating a Culture of Humility

While June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we’ve reached the point where companies must move beyond simply showing support for one month with messaging, media, and products.

Consider this month the opportunity to begin making LGBTQ+-affirming practices an inherent and essential part of your organization year-round.

But to do that, companies need a culture shift.

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.

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.

How to Support Employees Struggling With Emotional Eating

Emotions are often tied to food to some degree. After all, there's a reason why we call it comfort food. Certain foods just make us feel better emotionally.

But it can become a problem when you eat because you want to feel better emotionally—especially if that becomes how you process all of your negative emotions.

Why Psychological Safety Training Is Essential to Workplace Mental Health

Most HR professionals are used to putting effort into workplace health and safety training.

But as companies increasingly focus on employee well-being, psychological safety training is making its way onto boardroom agendas.

What is workplace psychological safety training, why is it important, and how can companies support employees? To find out, we talked to Mettie Spiess, CPHSA, Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor.

5 Reasons Why Workplace Wellness Programs Fail

Creating a workplace wellness program is hard work.

Between lobbying senior leaders to get buy-in, creating programming that’ll get people excited, and sending what feels like a million communications (while hoping desperately you’re not annoying the entire staff)—well, the entire process can feel like an out-of-control three-ring circus.

And then the worst case scenario happens. Despite your best efforts, your wellness program … fizzles.

How to Address Nursing Burnout with An Employee Wellness Program

“Nurses see the world in its most raw, inexplicable, unfair form of reality and somehow, by the grace of their inherent hope for humanity and unmeasurable depth of courage, still love it.” – Danielle Leveck, @nurseabnormalities

Burnout among nurses is at an all-time high.

The pandemic escalated an already tenuous situation—so much so that nearly a third of health care workers have been rethinking their choice of profession.

BIPOC Emotional Wellness and Creating a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, companies are opening their eyes to the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

After that awareness, though … then what?

To turn good intent into useful action, your company needs to look at its current efforts and ask, “How can we do better?”

Part of this process must include a look at the emotional wellness needs of your employees, especially when it comes to providing mental health benefits that foster a truly inclusive culture.

How to Help Your Employees Deal With Caregiver Burnout

Your employees have been dealing with a lot. A pandemic, changes in work situations, financial uncertainty, social unrest … but at least they have after-work time and weekends to relax and re-center, right?

Not if they’re caregivers, they don’t.

Being a caregiver to another person in need, whether it’s an aging parent, a child with special needs, or a spouse suffering from health issues, can strain even the most energetic, resilient employees.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at caregiver burnout and what you can do to help mitigate the effects on your employees through your wellness program offerings.

The Benefits of Virtual Commutes on Employee Well-being

A virtual commute might sound silly, but it turns out the commuting ritual has played an important role in employee well-being. And its absence has been noticed.

So much so, you may have read about the push to find ways to bring it back to the remote working environment.

FastCompany, in particular, highlighted the benefits of virtual commuting in its November 2020 article entitled, “Virtual commuting has extraordinary benefits—here’s how to maximize your own.” In it, two executive coaches and leadership experts highlight why virtual commuting can be beneficial to employees and companies.