How the Future of Work Demands a Holistic Approach to Mental Well-being

The future of work is here, and it’s bringing a new set of demands on mental health. With increasing workloads, remote working, and uncertain economic climates, the modern workforce is becoming more stressed out than ever.

At the same time, employees have more flexibility in moving jobs thanks to low unemployment. And societal shifts in attitudes about mental wellness that had already been happening before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated with increasing awareness and acceptance.

For employers, all of this has important ramifications. Stressed-out employees are less productive, take more time off, and are more likely to leave. Even more importantly, employees today increasingly expect their employers to value and promote mental well-being in a real and authentic way.

“Mental health is becoming the next frontier of diversity and inclusion, and employees want their companies to address it. Eighty-six percent of our respondents thought that a company’s culture should support mental health”- Greenwood, Bapat, and Maughan- Harvard Business Review