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HR Professionals Lack Resources to Implement Workplace Mental Health Programs

According to the Mental Health in America: A 2022 Workplace Report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 94 percent of human resource professionals believe that employers offering mental health resources can improve the overall health of its employees. The survey was conducted with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. and included insights from 3,400 human resources professionals from U.S. organizations with more than 10 employees. 

Nearly 78 percent of organizations surveyed said they offer some type of workplace mental health resources or plan to implement those resources in the next year. However, of those that don’t offer mental health programs, about 21 percent of the respondents said it was because of a lack of resources. Another 21 percent of respondents indicated a lack of financial resources prevents their organizations from offering mental health benefits. 

“It is clear that the need to establish mental health as a top priority within our organizations is essential,” says SHRM Foundation president Wendi Safstrom. “We must act now if we wish to create a world of work that allows both employers and employees to thrive and lead healthy, productive organizations.”

The survey also found that 86 percent of human resource professionals believe that mental health resources can increase employee retention, and 72 percent think these types of resources bring in new talent. Nearly 88 percent of respondents indicated that mental health resources also increase productivity in the workplace.

Check out four ways to provide mental health support to your employees here.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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