I’ve talked often about the disconnect between what employees ask for, and what management thinks they want. This survey does not paint a pretty picture when it comes to mental health support.
According to a recent study conducted by Forrester Consulting and Modern Health, 89% of C-suite and HR leaders acknowledge the importance of providing employees with mental health support, but 60% intend to revert back to their pre-pandemic mental health strategy. Furthermore, 80% of C-suite leaders and 73% of HR leaders believe that employees expect too much mental health support from their employers.
So, it turns out that those C-Level folks who talk a good game about supporting mental health during the pandemic, and the importance of doing so when it comes to employee retention, might not really mean it. They are saying, and doing, what they feel they need to do for now, while also waiting for the labor market to swing back to the good old days of employees needing the job more than they need an employee.
I’m guessing this is the same group who will 100% demand all of their employees to be back working in the office despite how well they’ve done working remotely. They likely refer to their organization as a family, and yet 80% think employees expect too much support from them. I wonder how many actual family members think you expect too much from them?
It just goes to show what I’ve always said, your company is not your family, it’s not even a friend, and it will always do what is good for itself first, second, and always. If something also happens to be good for you, great, but that’s never been the goal, so you have to make decisions based on what is good for you, not the company.
If you think that’s an overly negative thing to say about CEOs and upper management, go read those percentages again, and consider how many of those same people expect your loyalty, and your dedication during difficult times, without offering the same in return. Also, consider how many HR people have proclaimed themselves as being there for employees, and yet also think employees expect too much. It’s not overly negative when it’s true.