The coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on the mental health of employees. Luckily, after surveying 256 companies, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions discovered that 53% of these employers are providing special emotional and mental health programs for their workforce. Nine companies in particular stood out in how they are helping employees through this tough time, which shows that they consider mental health a priority.
Since 1971, Starbucks has been serving high-quality coffee, and quickly became the most popular cafe chain in the country. Starting April 6th, 2020, Starbucks gave employees and their families 20 free counselling sessions a year. To be eligible for this benefit expansion, employees must work 20 hours or more per week—ultimately impacting 220,000 US workers. A mental health specialist or a coach was provided through Lyra Health, at no cost.
This ensured that employees would be able to seek evidence-based mental health treatment, identify personalized healthcare providers, book appointments to meet with a coach or a therapist by video, or enroll in self-guided online programs. Starbucks president and CEO Kevin Johnson believes that caring for Starbucks partners is a priority and he is always listening for ways to provide employees and their families with support.
Target is a popular retail merchandise chain that is available in every state. Target has provided free online resources to support their employees’ mental and physical health. Target team members received a year’s access to Daylight, which is a website and app designed to help people when they are stressed and worried.
They also got access to the app Sleepio, which provides self-help tools to aid in better sleep. All throughout April, employees also gained access to free virtual fitness classes through Wellbeats. Target’s Employee Assistance program also offers five free counselling sessions.
PWC is a professional services firm that provides services in audit and assurance, tax and consulting, human resources, and more. This company has introduced well-being coaching sessions where employees can speak to a coach about anything that is causing them stress.
If an employee needs more formal therapy, it can also be delivered to them virtually. Additionally, there is an online community for workers to connect with each other to talk about the concerns they are facing surrounding the coronavirus, including stress related to having young children at home or having homeschooling issues. Parents are able to come together and share ideas.
The firm also already has six free therapy sessions for employees and dependents, confident emotional support through their mobile app, and free apps on guided meditations, sleep, breathing, and calming music.
SoFi is a loan refinancing and personal finance company. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this company provided employees—along with up to three of their dependents over the age of 18—access to Modern Health. Modern Health offers a variety of resources from digital courses and meditations to a network of certified coaches and therapists. Modern Health also offers SoFi employees six in-person or video therapy sessions. Furthermore, SoFi granted in-network coverage of mental health providers included in their employee health plan.
Kickstand Communications is a public relations, content marketing, and social media agency. Employees are already provided with a monthly stipend that can be used to pay for physical and mental health. In response to the coronavirus, Kickstand Communications began providing employees with a more flexible work schedule and three hours a week to step away from the computer and relax. This shows that this company understands the importance of taking time to yourself and not overworking yourself.
TransferWise is a global technology company that makes transferring money abroad easier and more efficient at a low cost. This company has already offered its 2,000 employees with counselling sessions through its Employee Assistance Program. With the recent pandemic, however, the company offered employee discounts to many wellbeing services, like 50% off Headspace which is a mindfulness and meditation app for stress and sleep. TransferWise has also offered wellness-related Zoom events like yoga, salsa dancing, meditation, a book club, and more.
Clearcover is a car insurance company that has been hosting digital sessions with a counselor through its Employee Assistance Program to discuss mental health issues like social distancing and living in quarantine. The company also set up a Slack channel on mental health and productivity, to help erase the stigma. Before the pandemic, the company already offered unlimited PTO, as well as three free sessions with a counselor, whether or not employees were enrolled in medical benefits.
Salesforce provides customer-relationship management service. Their Employee Assistance Program already offers free in-person or video therapy sessions. During the pandemic, Salesforce began providing employee access to Thriving Mind, which is a series of articles and webinars on emotional mental health. The company also launched a live webinar series called B-Well Together, a daily survey to track employees’ mental health, and access to Plum Village’s Zen Meditation app.
EY is a professional services firm that offers mental health benefits through its program, EY Assists, connecting employees to healthcare professionals. The company also offers small discussion groups to employees on mental health, stress management webinars, and virtual coaching sessions. These programs help erase the stigma of mental illness that has prevented many employees from reaching out to others.
All of these companies are creating these benefits to let their employees know that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is always someone to talk to.
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