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Infographic: Mental health takes center stage during COVID-19

Health and Benefits|Talent|Integrated Wellbeing
COVID 19 Coronavirus

July 27, 2020

Prioritizing mental health benefits takes center stage as organizations recognize the prevalence of employee stress and anxiety.
Prioritizing mental health benefits takes center stage as organizations recognize the prevalence of employee stress and anxiety.

Mental health takes center stage during COVID-19

Employees suffer from severe stress, anxiety or depression

  • 38% say it impacts at least one member of their family
  • 45% of those said that they haven’t gotten any help they need
  • 49% also struggle financially

Those not getting the help they need are:

  • ½ as likely to be highly engaged
  • Likely to miss 4 more days of work

Enhancing mental health benefits is a high priority for employers

Providing access to virtual services

  • 77% offered or expanded access to virtual mental health services
  • 69% prioritized communication about these virtual services

Addressing anxiety through virtual and social connectedness

  • 85% increase access to videoconferencing to keep employees connected
  • 73% offer flexible work hours to allow for child care or eldercare responsibilities
  • 56% foster opportunities such as virtual coffee breaks to connect for non-work purposes

Delivering manager training in critical areas including

  • 58% Promoting importance of flexibility to employee needs
  • 52% managing and engaging a remote workforce
  • 39% Recognizing signs of anxiety and how to refer to resources such as EAP* programs
  • 23% Recognizing signs of burnout

Looking to 2021

  • Many employers (38%) are likely to revise their health care strategy
  • 66% will prioritize access to high quality mental health solutions
  • 39% to address employee loneliness through actions such as manager training and video conferencing

Levers to help support your workforce

  • Enhance navigation support and improve access to affordable mental health services including virtual solutions
  • Ensure EAP* is fit for purpose and includes critical incident response
  • Train managers in areas essential to supporting employee mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Ensure senior leaders give mental health the same priority as physical health
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