Mental health discussions are being redefined across the globe in ways we have never seen before — in elite sports, communities and the workplace — ultimately launching a mental health revolution. In order to have a healthy, engaged workforce, mental health needs to have the same priority as physical health for employers. And employees are not only seeking better mental health resources, apps and tools, they’re demanding mental health coverage.
The need for mental health support is here to stay — and rapidly increasing. It’s up to employers to deliver.
Invest in mental health and well-being to improve employee outcomes and company performance
Whether you’re an Olympian, physician, educator or tech worker — advocating for mental health, reducing stigma and supporting others is crucial. And HR leaders are marking mental health as a top priority, followed by DEI, leadership development, employee experience and managing remote workers.
Employee mental health benefits that make real improvements
Mental health is your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It can affect every stage of life and impact how you think, feel and act. Mental health benefits offer additional support for employees suffering from burnout, stress, depression, as well as those facing a mentally tough time. Employers who provide mental health benefits, bring awareness to the benefits and then help employees access and use the services is the next step to making real improvements for employees’ mental health.
As global management consultant firm Mckinsey & Company states, “if companies make mental health services more accessible and intervene in the workplace in ways that improve well-being, they will simultaneously make investments that will provide real improvements in employee outcomes and consequently in company performance.”
Services beyond EAPs and meditation apps
As companies continue to navigate the hybrid workforce and face new challenges in supporting and authentically caring for employees, it’s going to take more than disconnected point solutions to meet real human needs. And more companies are prioritizing mental health to avoid burnout and fatigue.
Mental and emotional well-being strategies should be focused on providing resources to employees, building a community, serving up meaningful content and communicating effectively. Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs) and mental health apps such as meditation and therapy can help employees cope with stress, anxiety or depression by providing coaching, exercises and education, but studies have found that “mental health apps are not an equal substitute” to robust healthcare coverage. One of the key challenges employers face is employees finding and using the benefits provided to them. If your organization is making mental health a priority, will your employees know it?
Tips for amplifying mental health benefits and increasing employee utilization
An all-in-one solution like Limeade Well-Being can help promote and increase utilization of mental health services offered by an employer. And expert guidance from a purpose-driven customer success team, will help you reach your goals. The following are a few ways to increase exposure, access and utilization of benefits and company resources while using Limeade technology.
1. Make it easy
Limeade provides a dedicated location where employees can view and access every essential benefit in one place to increase awareness and utilization. Limeade Well-Being customers can:
Access health plan information
Schedule a virtual visit
Request time off
View retirement plan or stock program information
Limeade enables employees to access and connect with important contacts at a push of a button. This not only improves an employee’s ability to connect with the right benefit experts the first time, but also provides simplified and universal registration instructions to improve benefit utilization.
2. Shine the spotlight
Limeade Well-Being helps keep benefits relevant and top of mind all year to encourage stronger utilization by employees. With a simple way to deliver benefits information to educate employees, customers can leverage interactive content to improve overall awareness, understanding and impact of a comprehensive benefits package. Limeade Well-Being customers can:
Feature relevant resources to employees throughout the year
Provide interactive content designed for high engagement
Deliver targeted and custom campaigns to tailor your message to the right audience
3. Remove the stigma
It’s important that employees hear managers and leaders talk about the importance of prioritizing mental health. In fact, only 14% of employees state in a recent survey that was the case. Posting videos from company leaders sharing mental health tips, or sponsoring activities related to mental health can dramatically change the conversation simply by starting it.