Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace: Best Practices for Covid-19 and in the Future
Introduction/Background: This was a descriptive survey research project on promoting employee mental health. This project used a survey that was created in Qualtrics to assess what mental health services are offered by employers as well as the perception of those services by employees. The findings were then used to recommend best practices that organizations can use to improve employee mental health. Methods: Data were collected through a Qualtrics survey that was distributed electronically via LinkedIn and professional/academic email listservs. Best practices for supporting employee mental health were researched using a literature review on the subject. There was a total of 203 validated responses. A convenience sampling approach was used which resulted in a non-statistically valid sample size. Descriptive statistics were generated using Microsoft Excel. Results: There was a total of 203 validated responses. The survey had many findings that involved employees’ knowledge of existing workplace-based mental health services offered by employers and the perception of those services by employees. A full report of the results is included as an appendix to this report. Discussion: The three main implications of this research are that employees view their employers as having a responsibility to address mental health, that employees desire an organizational and interpersonal approach to workplace mental health programs, and that organizations can use workplace mental health services as a tool to attract or retain employees. The findings from the survey were used to inform a discussion of best practices for promoting employee mental health. Limitations of this research project include that a non-parametric sample was recruited for the survey.