You need to take care of yourself ... You can’t help other people or do your job if you don’t help yourself’
As the latest in a series of high-achievingpublic figures who has taken a step back from work to focus on their mental health, Simone Biles has reignited an ongoing conversation about mental health, disclosure, and stigma.
But public figures are not alone: More and more people are talking to their bosses about their mental health. Surveys show employees want to work at a company whose culture supports mental health; in fact, it’s becoming one of the most-requested benefits in the wake of the pandemic. This is especially true for young workers: In a recent Deloitte survey of more than 27,000 Millennials and GenZers around the world, nearly half ranked mental health as their first or second priority.
One thing is clear. Employees are hesitant about admitting that they needed leaves for emotional health. And what option do they really have?
As employers deepen their focus on mental health, many may still be missing one of the most important conversations in this space: the positive one. While addressing stress, burnout, and mental illness is critically important, flipping our lens to promoting well-being can highlight new opportunities to move forward. Organizations should ask the question: how can we make the workplace a center for the resources, skills, and connections that workers need to thrive? Beyond avoiding negative impacts, how can work proactively help employees improve their well-being?