Considerations of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
How can employers support employee mental health?
Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, Surgeon General for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work, outlines the fundamental role of the workplace in promoting the health and well-being of workers and neighboring communities. announced a new framework for The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of work for many workers, and the relationship to work for some, as reports of ‘quiet retirements’ and big resignations show. This 30-page document provides a foundation for employers to build on.
This framework puts worker voice and equity at its core. These are the five essential elements that support the workplace as a driver of worker well-being. Each essential element is based on two of her shared human needs across industries and roles. Developing a strategic management plan to enact these practices will help reinforce the nature of workplace well-being. So what has changed in the last few years? Here are some interesting stats about mental health, employers and the workforce in the US.
- 76% of US workers report at least one mental health condition symptom.
- 84% of respondents say their work environment contributes to at least one mental health issue.
- 81% of workers report looking for a workplace that supports mental health in the future.
- 71% of workers believe their employers care more about mental health than they used to.