Elevating Mental Health Programs

Steps for advancing your mental health programs and improving company culture.

The pandemic and political unrest brought a worldwide rise in depression and anxiety. In response, many organizations deepened their investment in employee mental health programs. Yet, despite these efforts, participation often remains low.

A recent article from Forbes highlights some steps organizations can take to advance their programs and positively impact company culture. We’ve highlighted some of their ideas below.

Decrease the stigma of mental health

By equipping your leaders with the tools to share vulnerably, you can work to decrease the stigma of mental health. Forbes notes that these stories should be “affirming, de-stigmatizing and hopeful.”

Mental health programs are ongoing

Instead of an annual mental health initiative or a one-time investment, programs should be integrated throughout touchpoints in the organization. These could include onboarding, engagement surveys, performance management, and management training. Incorporating mental health into these touchpoints helps to weave it throughout your company’s culture.

Supplement employee-led programs with leadership buy-in

Mental health employee resource groups (ERGs) and peer listening programs have gained traction over the last several years. The most successful programs are those with visible executive support and allocated resources.

Learn more

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Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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