Workplace Mental Health in 2021: How Can Leaders Build Enduring Change?
The crises, challenges, and trauma of 2020 and 2021 have put mental health front-and-center for
The crises, challenges, and trauma of 2020 and 2021 have put mental health front-and-center for employers like never before. But will this period represent a fundamental turning point for workplace mental health? Can we usher in enduring change that not only addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, but outlasts it? These questions are on the minds of business and HR leaders, mental health experts, and, perhaps most importantly, employees, who are reexamining why and how they want to work.
Dialogue and discussion are the key to finding answers. Across the U.S. and world, organizational leaders are having conversations about how to sustain and strengthen workplace mental health initiatives, make the future of work psychologically safe, and respond to the short- and long-term needs of workers. While this is an evolving discussion, a few key themes have begun to emerge. These principles can help employers to ensure the current focus on mental health translates into lasting solutions.