As the holiday season comes to an end, it’s easy for companies to let wellness fall to the side. But for many people, the holidays and the weeks that follow can be stressful – and it’s a great opportunity for employers to address the stress management concerns.
The stigma surrounding mental health services has many companies and workers avoiding the conversations and resources. Employees are hesitant to see a mental health provider and instead, visit their primary care physician who dispenses medication, often inappropriately. It’s typical to see a lot of claims for anxiety and depression medications – but the claims for mental health services often don’t keep pace.
With a better understanding of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or anger management, employers begin to recognize that job performance, productivity, interpersonal interactions, and other work-life areas can be significantly impacted when left unattended.
One of the ways we encourage clients to address mental health concerns is by taking advantage of your EAP. Many offer free onsite hours that can be used at health fairs, onsite counseling and seminars. Look through the entire seminar catalog and pick out programs that go beyond general stress management. Seminars with names like “Conquering the Winter Blues” and “Make Anger Work for You and Not Against You” may sounds like touchy topics, but they are relevant.
Given the sensitivity of the topics, consider offering these discussions as both an onsite event and as a webinar. Providing employees the option for a webinar allows them to engage more anonymously.
To take it a step further, consider management training. This is an important step to identifying employees who may have issues and helping them seek the appropriate services and providers in a compassionate manner.
It may be a difficult shift to make, but investing in the mental wellbeing of your employees will have a lasting impact on their health and the health of your company.