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Stress in America: Leveraging Employee Mental Health & Wellness Programs for a Better Workplace

Stress in America: Leveraging Employee Mental Health & Wellness Programs for a Better Workplace

Although interest in employee mental health and wellness programs is not new, it has come to dominate the organizational landscape just recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, at no time in the last century has interest in employee mental health and wellness programs been so important, not just for employees as individuals, but also in relation to the lens through which we, as employees, see ourselves, along with our families, friends, and co-workers.

For this assignment, you are tasked with researching what changes employers are making to their employee benefit plan policies and programs  to call attention to the need for employees to be proactive rather than reactive in relation to mental health and wellness issues. In order to be successful with this assignment, you must answer the following questions.

1. From an employer’s perspective, what are the advantages of establishing an employee mental health & wellness program? Support your comments with specific research.
2. From an employee’s perspective, what are the advantages of utilizing a comprehensive, confidential mental health and wellness program designed to be proactive in the early detection of potential problems related to mental health and wellbeing (examples: stress, burnout, substance abuse, financial problems, etc.).

3. From a return-on-investment (ROI) perspective, how might an organization measure the effectiveness of its confidential employee mental health & wellness program? In this section, include three (3) or more key performance indicators (KPIs) that, in your opinion, could be used to determine program success.

HELPFUL TIPS: Through confidential third party resources such as workshops, articles, videotapes, coaching and online apps, organizations can provide their employees with skills that will strengthen their ability to anticipate potential mental health and wellness issues. These resources are designed to provide employees with the tools necessary to recognize and deal with small problems before they escalate.
Submit your work as an MS WORD ATTACHMENT in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
You must support your ideas, arguments, and opinions with independent research, and include at least three (3) supporting references or sources (Note: do not use dictionaries, encyclopedias, Wikipedia, unknown, undated, or anonymous sources, such as brief articles from websites). In  addition, due to the dynamic nature of HRM, your references must be drawn from peer-reviewed journal articles published within the last three (3) years. Significant points will be deducted from assignments that fail to follow these guidelines.
Format your work in proper APA format, include a cover page, an abstract, an introduction, and a labeled conclusion in accordance with the course rubric, a minimum of three (3) FULL pages of written content, and a references section. Double-space all work and cite all listed references properly in text in accordance with the 7th edition of the APA manual.

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