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What Simone Biles Can Teach HR Leaders About Employee Mental Health

None of us are beyond having a mental health struggle.

Simone Biles departed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 27th to protect her mental health. A phenomenon called the “twisties” was preventing her body and mind from syncing properly as she performed precise and dangerous maneuvers. Biles stated to critics: “For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit. My mind and body are simply not in sync… I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface.”

“I have to put my pride aside. I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being. That’s why I decided to take a step back.”

Here are 5 things HR leaders can take away from Simone Biles putting her mental health first.

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5 Common Challenges HR Leaders are Facing Right Now (+ Expert Solutions)

HR is one of the most stressful jobs out there. The constant demands, the juggling of tasks, requests for help, hiring needs, retention problems… the list goes on and on. HR leaders are especially vulnerable to stress, and we kept hearing about great HR professionals that needed support. They needed people to reach out to that relate to the challenges of the HR world.

That’s why we created the HR Brain Trusts events. This article will walk you through some common challenges HR leaders are facing right now and some solutions we came up with to address them.

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The Effects of Mental Health in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Do you care about turnover rates, company culture, absenteeism, productivity, and the bottom line? Then you should care about the effects of mental health in the workplace.

Mental health may be the most critical workplace problem today.

According to the Psychiatric Times, mental health may cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030.

Depression costs millions of lost workdays in the United States every year… 400 million.

Poor mental health is the culprit of high turnover rates and mass reductions in productivity.

The good news? The most common mental health struggles – anxiety and depression – are very treatable. As an employer, you are in a great position to help employees get the help they need.

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Top 11 Employee Assistance Program Companies

Do you want to start offering an employee assistance program (EAP) for your staff, but you’re not sure where to start? Knowing what services your company needs can be tricky, but offering an EAP with a virtual wellness program is a huge benefit to your employees. Employee assistance programs can provide employees with access to counselors, financial advisors, and life coaches to help them overcome many of life’s challenges.

Learning about the top employee assistance programs and their pros and cons is a great place to start the EAP search process!

Here we offer 10+ examples of employee assistance program weaknesses from some popular employee assistance programs (EAP).

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8 Changes That Will Make a Big Difference for Company Culture in 2021

Company culture – invisible and mysterious, yet crucial to your company’s success. Did you know that employees that don’t like their company’s culture are 24% more likely to quit? Here you can learn how to change company culture to retain and attract top talent, help people live better lives, and improve the bottom line.

But you don’t have to tackle these steps all at once! Try these 8 suggestions first and see how your company transforms.

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What is an EAP and Why is it Important?

97% of large companies with over 5,000 employees use an EAP (Employee Assistance Program). Yet, the traditional EAPs have an average utilization rate of around 5.5%.

EAPs may seem like a mysterious program that most companies have, yet most employees never use. Do they help companies and their employees? And what is an EAP, and why is it important?

Read on to learn what an EAP is, the history of EAPs, and the deal with EAP utilization.

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Your Guide to the EAP Implementation and Search Process

EAP implementation and purchasing is one of the most challenging projects in an HR leader’s career. It is daunting, overwhelming, complicated. There may be hundreds, even thousands, of employees that need support. How can one EAP possibly address all of their needs?

You’ve come to the right place. This is where you can get a breakdown of EAPs – how to choose one, launch one, and manage one.

So sit back, relax, and get ready to start finding the best EAP for your team!

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Benefits of Taking Breaks at Work (Plus Ways to Do It Right)

Have you ever wondered whether it’s better to complete your work in small chunks or just power through it? Studies have shown that most full-time workers spend more than the typical 40 hours a week at work. About a quarter of employees work during their lunch breaks – leading to an attitude of overworking. It turns out there are many benefits of breaks at work.

There’s no federal mandate on employee breaks, but some states require them. Regardless of what legal requirements you’re under, breaks make total business sense.

This article will tell you why breaks are beneficial and give you a few guidelines to follow.

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Stress Management in HR: Tips for HR Leaders

HR leaders are often so focused on taking care of their people that they neglect taking care of themselves. Stress management in HR is a rising challenge, with 71% saying that 2020 was the most stressful year of their entire career.

Sudden, rapid change management is undoubtedly a factor. HR teams have to manage change, many projects, and an increasingly stressed and burnt-out remote workforce with less time, less money, and more personal stress.

This isn’t just a challenge – it is an opportunity for you to learn how to take care of yourself and your team better. Here is how to manage your stress as an HR leader to excel in your role while improving your mental health.

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