CEOs Ask Other Leaders to Commit to Prioritizing Employee Mental Health
COVID-related uncertainties have created more employee stressors
The stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, the changing workplace and racial and political unrest have taken a toll on employee mental health. With that in mind and timed to Mental Health Awareness Month, a group of nonprofit CEOs is asking fellow leaders to transform the nation’s workforce culture by pledging to prioritize employee mental health.
“It’s important for CEOs to be able to understand employees went through a time of stress, balancing that with their work life issues,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO of the National League of Cities. “The whole goal here is to motivate CEOs and employers to change the workplace culture and normalize how we talk about mental health within our organization. It's a big step for CEOs to lead and for which to acknowledge this is something that needs to be addressed.
Anthony is one of five leaders who started the group CEOs Advancing Health Equity during the pandemic. Joining him are Georges C. Benjamin, MD, of the American Public Health Association; Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., from the American Psychological Association; Marc Ott, of International City/County Management Association; and Suzanne McCormick, from YMCA of the USA.
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