Employer Perspective: Supporting Employee Mental and Emotional Well-being

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Supporting Employee Mental and Emotional Well-being

By Melissa Spinosa, Director, Well-being Engagement, Temple University Health System

Creating a culture of well-being starts with establishing employee health as an organizational priority. Organizational efforts to achieve this goal can increase engagement, reduce stressors, and enable better focus on the organization’s mission. Temple University Health System, Inc. (TUHS) has a commitment to meeting employees where they are with their well-being journeys (from mental to physical and financial health) and includes them in efforts to create effective well-being programs.

Asking questions to ascertain what employees need and want has helped. For example, the TUHS team knows that some new employees might be struggling financially while others are struggling emotionally due to increased stress or anxiety. By surveying employees and allowing them to engage with the TUHS team, we learn their needs and help them access resources to achieve whole-person health, including physical, mental, and financial well-being.

TUHS continues to enhance well-being resources including mental health programs, some of which are outlined below, and make them available to employees and family members at no cost. An array of mental health programs can be accessed conveniently and privately by employees on their phones, with professionals who can provide immediate and excellent care.

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