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5 Steps to Creating a Workplace Focused on Mental Wellness

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Health-benefit packages have long been part of the hiring process. Potential employees consider the benefits packages offered by their potential organizations, and organizations strive to find packages that are competitive to attract the best hires. For the most part, these packages focused on options to support employees’ physical health. Companies looked at deductibles for physicians and specialists, and how specialists were integrated into the programs. Companies began to expand benefits to provide maternity leaves for their female employees, and over time some, companies also integrated paternity leaves. Incentive plans were built in to encourage employees to join gyms, attend classes and quit smoking. But little, if any, focus was directed at mental health.

Thankfully, this has started to change, and some companies are incorporating mental health as part of their health-benefits packages. While the advantages are obvious for employees, this positive trend also creates gains for the organizations. Organizations that offer concrete initiatives towards employee mental health experience increased retention and productivity and a reduction in overall health-care costs. But........

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