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1. Plan for the Future of Work, Life & Health at Workforce Strategy 2018

This fall, Workforce Strategy 2018 will bring together more than 500 large employers, thought leaders and global experts with shared goals of exploring and improving the future of work, life and health.

From interactive sessions and dynamic speakers to ground-breaking technologies and digital innovations, this year’s conference has everything you need to find new solutions that will advance the well-being of your employees and the overall productivity of your organization.

Tags: well-being, engagement, mental health, weight management, corporate culture
2. Say Something: The Losses We Can't Understand and Don't Discuss

The brother of a colleague. My mother-in-law’s father. A neighbor’s college sophomore. A close friend’s mother. It’s not just celebrities dying by suicide.

We’re talking about Kate and Anthony, and we talked about Robin Williams. Yet in every case I know personally, the cause of death is not openly discussed.

While carefully not addressing this problem, we are missing opportunities to prevent it. By guarding privacy, we are perpetuating the stigma surrounding death by suicide.

Tags: mental health, emotional health
3. Alzheimer's Disease and the Workplace: Prepare for the Future

Earlier this month, Bill Gates reminded us there is hope for an Alzheimer’s breakthrough and announced his $50 million investment in Alzheimer’s R&D.

Tags: caregivers, family-friendly, mental health, work-life balance, Alzheimer's
4. World Mental Health Day is October 10

October 10 is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. Each year, employers use this health observance to raise awareness about mental health issues, educate employees about available benefits and resources, as well as initiate conversations about important topics like mental health stigma. Is your company celebrating Mental Health Day?

Tags: mental health
5. Why Building Resilience Beats Stress Management

A recent study by Truven Health found that 42% of employees are stressed. And while 27% of employees say that they’re coping, 15% are not.1 “Stress is a reality for most, especially when the work itself is by its very nature stressful (such as health care),” says Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness that Works and CEO of Motion Infusion. “But the real question is how do we become more resilient in the face of these demands?” The answer, Laura contends, is to “make it the job of every organization, every leader and every manager to ensure that resilience-building practices, such as offering compassion, expressing gratitude, exhibiting positivity, and prioritizing well-being, are modeled, encouraged and normalized at work.”

Tags: behavioral health, well-being, mental health, stress, resilience
6. Talk to Employees about Mental Health in May

May is Mental Health month and the time is ripe for your company to double down its efforts to raising awareness about this important aspect of employee’s health and well-being; reducing stigma related to seeking care and providing support; and connecting employees with relevant benefits and resources.

Tags: behavioral health, well-being, mental health
7. Addressing Stress in the Global Workforce

According to the World Health Organization, “work-related stress is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope. Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.”

Tags: mental health, stress, resilience, global
8. Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers

Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. The same is true for emotional well-being; for years, wellness programs have focused on behaviors like healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, and less so on improving the emotional state of the employee. But in recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.

Tags: mental health, stress, emotional health
9. Integrating Employee Health & Safety-Examples from a Successful Integration

Integrating employee health and workplace safety can have a positive impact on corporate performance because of the strong association between lifestyle risks and medical conditions with absence and workplace safety. Unfortunately, it is difficult to realize the benefits of integration when employee safety, occupational health and absence are managed by separate departments and involve multiple vendor partners.

Some companies have made significant progress toward integrating occupational health and safety programs. One example is featured in this post.

Tags: mental health, occupational health & safety, physical health, resilience
10. Building Mental Health Awareness and Support in the Workplace

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All.  “Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The workplace is a natural fit for a focus on mental health in general, and mental health first aid in particular, because colleagues and managers may be the first to recognize the signs of mental health issues in their co-workers.

Tags: global, mental health, suicide prevention

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