Employers making employees lie – GuruFocus.com

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Two in three (67%) U.S. employers plan to make employee mental health and emotional well-being programs and solutions one of their top three priorities in health over the next three years. In addition, the number of employers who intend to offer designated days for mental health could triple, from 9% currently to 30% over the next two years. That’s according to a survey conducted by WTW (WTW), a leading global consulting, brokerage and solutions company.

Almost all survey respondents (88%) have taken action to address the mental health needs of the workforce this year. Telehealth has increased dramatically during the pandemic, and behavioral telehealth services have been the primary strategy used by employers to address employee mental health issues. Eight in 10 (83%) employers offered behavioral telehealth this year, and 9% are considering or planning to offer it in the next two years. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are another essential part of employer wellness offerings. While virtually all employers offer traditional EAPs, seven in 10 (69%) offer dedicated onsite or virtual EAP resources. In addition, one in four employers (24%) plan to increase their EAP benefits over the next three years.

“COVID-19 has had a terrible impact on the lives of employees, including significantly worsening mental health,” said Erin Terkoski Young, senior director of WTW’s Health, Equity and Wellbeing practice. “Although the pandemic has started to fade, mental health issues persist. Taking mental health programs to the next level won’t be easy, but successful employers will see improved productivity, retention and engagement.

The survey of 455 U.S. employers revealed several emotional well-being strategies that employers have implemented or plan or plan to deploy over the next three years.

  • More than four in 10 employers (44%) currently provide training for managers, such as general mental health awareness or identification and intervention training. Another 30% are planning or considering this training in the next two years.
  • Nearly four in 10 (38%) employers partner with employee resource groups to address population-specific mental health issues. 27% are planning or considering doing so.
  • Two-thirds of employers (68%) currently offer digital behavioral health assistance. An additional 16% plan or plan to provide access to digital behavioral health support in the next two years.
  • One in six employers (17%) assesses cultural competency within the network of behavioral health service providers. 27% are planning or considering doing so.

“Employers are very focused on supporting the mental health of their employees, especially as they seek to retain and engage talent,” Young said. “Those who prioritize employee mental health and increase access to virtual and digital solutions will be uniquely positioned to improve their ability to deliver much-needed care.”

About the survey

A total of 455 U.S. employers participated in the 2022 Healthcare Best Practices Survey, which was conducted in August 2022. Respondents employ 8.2 million workers.

About WTW

At WTW ( WTW), we provide data and knowledge-based solutions in the areas of people, risk and capital. By leveraging the global vision and local expertise of our colleagues serving 140 countries and markets, we help organizations refine their strategy, build resilience, motivate their people and maximize their performance.

By working hand-in-hand with our clients, we uncover opportunities for lasting success and provide insight that moves you. Learn more at www.wtwco.com.