New focus on mental health
One in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, according to a Johns Hopkins study. Many companies are reconfiguring their benefits to provide more mental health options. This includes expanding supplier networks, offering free counseling sessions and adding employee assistance plans.
Telehealth options, on-site clinics and remote providers are now expected. Companies are helping employees improve their mental health by promoting work-life balance through flexible hours, increased vacations, remote working, pet insurance and allowing workers to s caring for their children or elderly family members.
“The No. 1 benefit is flexibility for employees,” says Marianne Fazen, president and CEO of the DFW Business Group on Health, which helps employers find health benefit solutions. “They quit en masse or sought new positions when asked to come back to work, and senior management want them back in the office for a number of reasons. Recognizing the value of flexible working arrangements is absolutely essential.