Why Companies Need to Focus on Employee Mental Health

In this article, StrategicCHRO360 interviews GRAX’s head of people and culture, Sharon Schmidt, on the importance of employee mental health.

The pandemic pushed many companies to consider how they support their employees’ mental health and emotional well-being. Sharon Schmidt, head of people and culture at GRAX, advises beginning with honest conversations to solicit employee feedback on what their needs are and how their lives have changed since the pandemic began. These conversations shouldn’t be a one-time event; companies should establish truly open-door policies and schedule continual check-ins to build trust with employees.

Key Takeaways:

  • Employers must be proactive in their approach to mental health to best support employees and demonstrate the value they place on their well-being, which starts with asking for employee input.
  • When leaders demonstrate vulnerability by sharing their own experiences, they create open and trusting environments within the organization.
  • As a remote-first company, GRAX has always prioritized flexibility to allow people to work when and where best fits their lifestyles and create their own work-life balance.

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