What your organization can do to reduce mental health stigma

What your organization can do to reduce mental health stigma

Canada marks the first week of May as Mental Health Week. Many organizations use this time to talk with employees about their own mental health and that of their coworkers, family and friends. Teaching employees what mental health conditions are, how to recognize them and how to deal with them appropriately goes a long way in spreading understanding about the conditions affecting employees or those close to them. However, research suggests that stigma is still a big problem, and further effort is needed to combat stigma in order to make lasting changes. While Mental Health Week happens once a year, employers can make education about mental health and stigma reduction part of their everyday workplace culture.…

Employee financial health plays a starring role in total health and business performance

Employee financial health plays a starring role in total health and business performance

Employees’ personal financial health is a far more significant topic than what most employers realize. According to a recent Pollara survey, 39% of employees felt financially stressed multiple times per day, and 51% of employees missed out on activities and social gatherings because of money stressors. Employees also admit: 34% argue, 31% borrow from family, and 37% feel ashamed. Financial stress also manifests physically in increased blood pressure, blood sugar levels, higher cholesterol and fatty acids ranges, heightened immune and allergic response systems, as well as a reduced metabolism rate, decreasing protein synthesis, and affecting digestion.…