Stress in America: Leveraging Employee Mental Health & Wellness Programs for a Better Workplace
Although interest in employee mental health and wellness programs is not new, it has come to dominate the organizational landscape just recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, at no time in the last century has interest in employee mental health and wellness programs been so important, not just for employees as individuals, but also in relation to the lens through which we, as employees, see ourselves, along with our families, friends, and co-workers.
For this assignment, you are tasked with researching what changes employers are making to their employee benefit plan policies and programs to call attention to the need for employees to be proactive rather than reactive in relation to mental health and wellness issues. In order to be successful with this assignment, you must answer the following questions.
1. From an employer’s perspective, what are the advantages of establishing an employee mental health & wellness program? Support your comments with specific research.
2. From an employee’s perspective, what are the advantages of utilizing a comprehensive, confidential mental health and wellness program designed to be proactive in the early detection of potential problems related to mental health and wellbeing (examples: stress, burnout, substance abuse, financial problems, etc.).
3. From a return-on-investment (ROI) perspective, how might an organization measure the effectiveness of its confidential employee mental health & wellness program? In this section, include three (3) or more key performance indicators (KPIs) that, in your opinion, could be used to determine program success.