Mental health strategies: Give a mental health day

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Consider giving employees an extra day off.

Companies including Cisco, Pinterest and SAP have given employees a mental health day to take a breather and focus on self-care. The three companies all extended the Memorial Day weekend for workers. “It might feel like there are so many reasons not to take a day off,” Cisco EVP and Chief People Officer Fran Katsoudas told Cisco employees in an email. “There are few places to go, people need us, and we enjoy our work. Our weeks and weekends are blurring together. Yet there is one reason to unplug: ourselves.”

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.