Employers, Ready to Proactively Approach Possible Mental Health Issues in Your Workers? This Tool Lays the Groundwork

As workforces begin to return to their offices, employers need to keep employee mental wellbeing top of mind.
By: | September 23, 2021

The significant role that mental health plays in the general wellbeing of a human being is one that should not, and does not, go understated.

Mental health has taken a front seat throughout the pandemic. A CDC study conducted in late June of 2020 found that 40% of U.S. adults were suffering from either a mental health or substance abuse disorder.

The study also found that symptoms of both anxiety and depression elevated within U.S. residents as COVID-19 escalated.

And while we are beginning to experience some semblance of reopening, we are still in the midst of the pandemic. People’s mental health has been shaken. It’s imperative that this be recognized and addressed, especially as offices undergo a reopening schedule.

In the workers’ comp space, it’s imperative that employers consistently check in with their employees in an honest and effective manner.

In response to this need, Sapien Labs, a nonprofit organization aimed at understanding the human mind, has created a tool that will enable employers to check in with their employees from a mental health standpoint.

The tool is called Workforce.MHQ and it is designed to not only maintain employee mental health as a top priority, but to create an open dialogue that will better the overall workplace environment.

Workforce.MHQ: How Does It Work?

Many factors can play into an employee’s stress levels in the workplace. Workforce.MHQ looks to identify these factors from each employee and correlate them to workplace performance. This allows employers to see exactly what impacts their employees and their work.

The goal of Workforce.MHQ is to provide employees with an avenue to express their true sentiments regarding their mental health and for employers to be provided with an accurate overview of their employees’ mental health.

Through the tool, employers are given the opportunity to hear directly from their employees and delve deeper into their workplace experiences. Areas addressed include:

  • The level of workforce burnout
  • The level of workforce resiliency
  • Employee drive and motivation
  • Key risk areas for employees

The effectiveness of employer-produced wellness programs

Additionally, Workforce.MHQ takes the psychological and sociological components of each employee into consideration when determining the workforce’s overall wellbeing. These include demographics, past trauma, workplace factors, personal beliefs and lifestyle choices.

Both employer and employee receive beneficial takeaways from a tool like Workforce.MHQ. For employers, they’re able to review various insights on both mental wellbeing and workplace segments.

Employees are given the opportunity to explore their own mental wellbeing and its impact on their workplace performance, with complete anonymity and security.

Take a Page from Sapien Labs’ Book

The importance of mental health is here to stay. If employers choose not to place their employees’ mental health in high priority, they will ultimately face a depleted workforce.

As we continue to live through the pandemic and potentially return to the office, the benefits of a consistent check-in with employees should not go unnoticed.

Workforce.MHQ is just one example of how employers can best support their employees through a tumultuous time, which will serve to create a productive workforce. &

Emma Brenner is a staff writer with Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected].

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