These are encouraging numbers from the SHRM website.
“”Employees are more likely to stay in their job if they have personalized, confidential mental health benefits,” Burgo said. “Employers should think of the mental health safety of their employees just as they think of their physical safety.”
Eighty-eight percent of HR professionals believe offering mental health services can increase productivity, while 86 percent believe doing so can boost retention, according to a 2022 survey by SHRM. “
Having HR professionals understand this is important. Having them try to influence the business leaders might help too. At the end of the day, though, this only gets better if the entire culture buys into it. Any individual manager who isn’t capable of making reasonable accommodations because they haven’t been trained or because the actual business practices create a roadblock for them only proves that this is all just talk.
People who’ve struggled for years to continue working at the risk of their mental health deserve a lot more than talk.
Side note, I know that the SHRM Conference is happening this week in nearby New Orleans. I’ve seen a couple of references to mental health as a hot topic in some sessions. If you are there or have some more information, let me know if you’d be interested in sharing your impressions. (No commercial posts about your HR products, though.)