Organizations are accelerating their efforts toward a more holistic and adaptive strategy for workplace mental health. Most (72.5 per cent) have or are developing a formalized strategy (outside of their benefits plan) to support employee mental health, and many are adopting flexible work arrangements.
Low usage of benefits is a key concern, and many organizations are prioritizing communications initiatives (e.g., awareness campaigns) to increase benefits usage, specifically usage of employee assistance programs.
The unique mental health and wellness needs of employees may not be met by a traditional one-size-fits-all approach. Almost half of organizations (45 per cent) reported that they don’t customize their mental health initiatives to meet the needs of Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and other equity-deserving groups.