ANNOUNCEMENT: New Workplace Resilience Tool for Employers
Today, Resilience at Work partners Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., and Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey are launching an online tool to help employers address the employee stress crisis.
“Having a roadmap for employers is crucial. While they are making the connection between stress, low engagement, low productivity, and high health care spend, most employers have no idea how to address the problem. This tool provides an evidence-based framework for building a resilient workforce,” said Spencer-Thomas, a clinical psychologist and international workplace mental health consultant.
The mental health symptoms of stress are growing fast. Stress is the number one reason for absenteeism and turnover, and depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Yet only 7 percent of workplace wellness programs include mental wellbeing. Not surprisingly, 55% percent of employees feel their employers don’t provide adequate resources for mental wellbeing.
McClatchey, an HR, risk management and workplace wellness consultant, notes that EEOC claims involving depression increased 56 percent from 2003 to 2013, yet 85% of managers have no training in how to handle mental health conditions at work. She indicated that in fifteen years of judging and mediating employment law cases, mental health is the issue employers have the most difficulty addressing. “It’s outside their wheelhouse. Further, when mental health providers are asked for help with accommodations, the question of how to appropriately manage the situation is equally outside their wheelhouse. A perfect storm is created which is easily avoidable through education, training, early detection, treatment, and collaboration. And of course, cultivating a resilient workforce is the real silver bullet.”
The tool can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkplaceMentalFitnessQuiz
Resilience at Work is a workplace wellness consultancy that promotes supportive work cultures, total employee wellness, and prevention, support, and accommodation of mental health conditions. www.ResilienceAtWork.net