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Unlock the Benefits of Mental Health Resources for Employees

October 2nd, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Everside Health

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In today’s competitive job landscape, employers must be willing to do what it takes to ensure people are healthy, happy, and can perform optimally. This means including mental health care – from counseling services to stress management programs – as part of a comprehensive benefits package. Prioritizing innovative mental health solutions in the workplace can be a game-changer.

When you invest in mental health resources for employees, you’re demonstrating that mental wellness matters. The commitment can boost morale, reduce absenteeism, and amp up productivity. What’s more, people expect stellar benefits packages that include adequate access to things like mental health care – offering it makes you competitive and better-able to attract top talent. 

The types of mental health resources for employees great companies offer

Understanding the importance of mental health care in the workplace is crucial. Mental health resources for employees can reduce stress-related absences and boost productivity. Creating a mental health-friendly environment also enhances brand reputation, so you can attract and retain top talent.

Innovative mental health solutions can include:

    • Counseling services: Access to professional help to tackle personal or work-related challenges.
    • Mental health apps: Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided meditations and stress management.
    • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Short-term counseling, financial planning, and legal advice for employees and their families can help in a variety of ways.
    • Mental health days: Allow – and encourage – employees to take time off for self-care.
    • Fitness programs: Gym memberships and fitness classes can boost mood and reduce anxiety.
    • Flexible work arrangements: Flex schedules and remote-work options offer employees autonomy and an enhanced work-life balance.
    • Train leadership: When leaders in an organization can recognize warning signs of mental health struggles, they’re better-able to manage and support those who need it most. 

Strategically, investing in mental health resources is beyond compassionate – it’s cost-beneficial, too. The benefits are huge - happier employees, higher retention rates, and increased productivity. Prioritizing mental health can translate to long-term success.

Why offering mental health resources as a benefit is smart

Incorporating mental health resources for employees via LiveBetterTM nto Advanced Primary Care can lead to serious positive organizational changes. Employees having access to the additional support beyond basic screenings tend to be more efficient, involved, and content in their roles.

Better productivity

Mental health issues can seriously impact focus and performance at work. By providing tools for managing mental well-being, you enable employees to function at their best.

Decreased Presenteeism

The effects of being at work but not able to perform at optimal levels can be just as bad or worse as absenteeism is. People who have access to support are more equipped to do their jobs to the best of their ability.  

Improved engagement

When employers show concern about their staffs mental health, it promotes loyalty and dedication. This increased engagement often translates into better performance and lower turnover rates.

Gallup research shows that high employee engagement consistently means more success and outperformance for organizations. Results include:

  • 81% difference in absenteeism
  • 14% difference in productivity
  • 18% difference in turnover (in high-turn-over organizations)
  • 43% difference in turnover (in low-turn-over organizations)
  • 10% difference in customer ratings
  • 18% difference in sales
  • 23% difference in profitability

Satisfied employees

Providing comprehensive physical and mental health care shows employees you value them beyond just their professional contributions. This leads to happier workers and positive morale across the company. Everside Health research found that 75% of employees have an improved opinion of their employer after using Advanced Primary Care services. 

Read more: 6 Ways HR Can Support Employees with Mental Health Issues

Mental health care: The secret ingredient to a happier, healthier workforce

At Everside Health, mental health isn’t just an afterthought. It’s vital to the Complete Care solution, ensuring your employees physically and mentally thrive.

We help you seamlessly integrate mental health services – that go beyond just the screenings available with Advanced Primary Care – into your existing benefits package, so employees can easily access the care they need, through onsite, near-site, or virtual access. LiveBetterTM can enhance Advanced Primary Care so people get the comprehensive mental health care solutions they need.

What is Advanced Primary Care?

Advanced Primary Care offers personalized, affordable health care paired with predictive analytics to improve health outcomes. This can be delivered in onsite and near-site centers or even virtually, to ensure every aspect of care is covered – including mental health – with low or no cost to employees.  

Everside Health provides Advanced Primary Care that prioritizes both physical and mental well-being. Advanced Primary Care includes basic mental health screenings, and by enhancing it with LiveBetterTM, which offers access to full mental health care, your business can benefit from increased productivity and retention, decreased absenteeism, and lower total cost of care over time.

Getting started

Adding mental health resources for employees isn’t just good for employees. It makes financial sense, too. Research suggests that most companies see an average ROI of $4 to $5 for every dollar spent on mental health. 

The Everside Health team can help you identify unmet needs through our predictive data modeling tools so you can implement strategic, beneficial mental health services that further enhance your Complete Care offerings.

Boost your bottom line with mental health support in the workplace

Untreated mental health issues can substantially cost you in poor performance and additional care expenses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates depression alone causes 200 million lost days of work and between $17 - $44 billion annually. 

Everside Health offers top-notch primary care services that can be enhanced even further by adding mental health resources. By integrating these services into your existing Complete Care solution, we can help you boost employee well-being and your bottom line.

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