Buck Bond Group

Caring for your employees’ mental and emotional wellbeing

Dramatic increases in stress, anxiety, and depression among American workers are an increasing cause for concern. This societal trend has far-reaching implications for employee health, motivation, and focus.

How can you build a more supportive workplace culture for all employees?

Tending to the emotional health of the workplace

Research shows that increased work-related stress, including job strain and long working hours, has significantly elevated stress levels, and the pandemic and lifestyle changes resulting from the public response have triggered an increase in medical and mental health concerns.

The impact can be costly.

People who struggle with anxiety and depression are more likely to take sick leave repeatedly and for long periods – over 90 days. And research shows a clear link between mental health disorders, physical wellbeing, and disease management.

Providing more support for your employees’ mental and emotional health issues brings real benefits to the organization – from improved employment rates and productivity to reduced anti-social behavior to increased engagement. We can help your team:

  • Reduce the stigma attached to seeking help for mental illness
  • Raise awareness of wellbeing resources to help build resilience and coping skills
  • Review workforce policies and programs so they better support employee health and self-care

How we can help

Emotional wellbeing survey

A quick, confidential, pulse survey can provide you with a better understanding of how your workforce is faring and help our team identify and target the right resources for enhanced wellbeing solutions. This benchmarking data allows you to identify barriers to employee wellbeing and test potential solutions.

Review medical and pharmacy data

Health care costs may start to rise as depression has been shown to worsen conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. By reviewing medical usage data, you can determine whether to provide additional clinical supports for these targeted populations.

Program strategy and vendor search and selection

A multitude of point solutions can support employee mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our health consultants can help you identify the solutions that may be a good fit for your organization and select the right resources and vendors based on your objectives and workforce needs.

Develop and deliver the optimal strategy and messaging

A highly effective, corporate-branded, and targeted information campaign can reduce the stigma associated with mental health, create awareness of available resources, and encourage employees to take advantage of the programs and solutions available to support better mental and emotional health.

Audit program for Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in late 2020 (with additional guidance released in April 2021) requires plan sponsors to document that access to mental health and substance abuse treatment is comparable to medical/surgical benefits. We can help you document your processes and policies to make sure you remain in compliance.

Resources

Webinar: The other pandemic: Employee mental and emotional wellbeing

From the fear, isolation, and economic disruption caused by the pandemic, to political division, racial inequity, and social unrest, data is showing a sharp spike in emotional and mental distress. This webinar addresses ways employers can support the personal and professional disruption their workforce may be facing to accelerate organizational resilience and recovery.

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