Kaiser Permanente: Monitoring employee mental health makes sense for businesses

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As vaccinations roll out and cautious optimism begins to take hold, the health care industry is acutely aware that employees in industries across the nation continue to experience a heightened sense of anxiety and a range of emotions affecting their mental health. People are still dealing with concerns about job stability and family finances, as well as disrupted childcare schedules. Isolation remains an issue as many employees remain either completely or partially remote, as employers navigate the next phase of the pandemic.

As Baltimore businesses re-emerge from stay-at-home orders and move through reopening phases, employees may be worried about returning to a changed and unknown work environment. All of this uncertainty can lead to or exacerbate existing mental health challenges.

Adding to the general anxiety is the recent wave of anti-Asian hate and violence, coming on the heels of a racially charged and divisive presidential election, and an awakening across the country to systemic racism and the many injustices faced by Black and brown Americans. Many of us are struggling to cope with the realities of our country, which can take a significant toll on our mental health.

It is imperative for business leaders to bolster efforts to support employee mental health during these uncertain times. Employee well-being, which includes mental health, affects critical business outcomes such as productivity, workplace safety, customer experience and morale. For example, Kaiser Permanente is collaborating with employers to encourage a proactive approach to managing employee mental health, including providing a suite of resources that HR departments can easily incorporate into their existing communications to make a difference for their employees.

More information, including wellness tips, stress management apps, and vaccination education can be found in the online resource center. 

Continue reading to learn about ways you can support your employees’ mental health as we move toward full- and part-time return to the office.

Source: Kaiser Permanente

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