Mental health strategies: Talk openly

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Talk openly about mental health.

Historically, employees haven’t felt comfortable speaking openly about their mental health struggles. That’s something that is changing due to COVID-19. Being more open about mental health in the workplace “must begin at the top and cascade throughout the organization,” says Businessolver CEO Jon Shanahan. “Leaders need to create a culture of openness and inclusion, one that encourages and provides avenues for people to share openly as needed. In fact, 93% of employees say that an open-door policy that allows face-to-face communication with leadership or HR is important to addressing employee mental health.”

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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.