- Posted by Jon Harju
- On November 29, 2019
Personal and professional challenges are an inevitable part of life, and how your employees respond to their daily life stressors can impact the productivity and efficiency of your organization.
Employees who demonstrate resilience and the ability to cope during tough periods are the team members who remain productive, healthy and able to deliver their best work.
Time to prioritize resilience
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as relationship problems, chronic health problems or workplace and financial stressors. Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope, and like a muscle, resilience can be developed and strengthened.
A recent study found that employees with low resilience had a:
- 27% risk of depression
- 54% risk of anxiety
- 44% risk of burnout
- higher rate of absenteeism, averaging 5.7 days per year
Smart organizations invest in their employees’ resilience
Turning the focus towards building resilience can help prevent mental illness – bringing a lower rate and length of absenteeism of employees along with a faster return to work process.
Employers can empower and encourage employees to build their resilience by providing the right mental health benefits that consider the unique needs of their people.
4 features you need in your mental health benefits to build and strengthen employees’ resilience:
1. Early screening
Easy and discreet access to an early screening mental health tool can help employees learn about their personal risk levels, lifestyle factors and the best strategies to proactively manage their mental wellbeing.
2. Preventative tools
On-demand, evidence-based preventative mental health tools, i.e. cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), empower employees to challenge their irrational thoughts and beliefs, helping to reduce personal risk levels for mental health disorders.
3. On-demand virtual therapy
Mental health moments happen every day. Providing employees with access to convenient, discreet and easy-to-access therapy helps people connect with the right support and intervention when they need it.
4. Train your leaders and team on resilience
Knowledge and resources are key so look for a benefits program that offers resilience expertise. Consider accessing in-house experts who can provide training by hosting lunch ‘n’ learns, workshops, or online training module about mental wellbeing topics such as overcoming challenges, dealing with difficult people or effective stress management.
The right benefits can help you empower your employees
Employers need a health benefit that can support their employees no matter where they are on the mental health continuum: prevention, maintenance or treatment. Access to the right mental health tools and support can help build and strengthen employees’ resilience – enabling individuals to better navigate the challenging moments in both their home and working lives.
Book a demo of Snapclarity’s virtual mental healthcare platform to see how it will build and strengthen your employees’ resilience.