Integrated Absence Management: Mental Well-Being at Home and Work

Jai Hooker@Work

Mental Well-Being at Home and Work: Getting Life Back on Track

By John Crouch, PhD, Medical Director, Lincoln Financial Group; and David Berube, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Lincoln Financial Group

With a 25% global increase in anxiety and depression1 and less access to quality mental healthcare, it’s not surprising that we’ve seen significantly more absenteeism and 40% more resignations in the workplace in the last two years.

Disruptions at work (isolation, understaffing, and job instability) and at home (social and family disturbances, caregiving responsibilities, financial insecurity, and lack of support) contribute to those increases.

Traditional mental healthcare does not address these types of problems directly. A more effective approach is needed to help employees adapt to these challenges.

Many employers provide leave and caregiving benefits, assistance navigating the healthcare system, employee assistance programs, and behavioral health programs. But how to determine which resources are needed to best address employees’ specific needs has not been well studied. Also, active employee engagement with available benefits is a challenge.

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