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How to Support New Workers’ Mental Health

For new entrants to the workforce, mental health is a necessity

For new entrants to the workforce, mental health is not only a priority — it’s a necessity. Ninety-two percent of new and upcoming graduates say it's important that they feel comfortable discussing mental health at work. Sixty-one percent would leave a current role for better mental health benefits, and 54 percent would turn down a job offer if it didn't come with work-life balance.

Navigating mental health and the benefits landscape as a new employee can be confusing, to say the least, on top of the everyday demands of the work itself. On the employer side, the marketplace for mental health support is increasingly inundated with benefits, products, perks and offerings that can be tough to piece together, not to mention tailor to a progressively diverse workforce. The resulting ambiguity and gaps can leave new workers feeling lost, disengaged and inclined to pursue other opportunities.

So how do we meaningfully support new workforce entrants when it comes to mental health? What actually works? In our work with diverse global employers, we've found it is critical for leaders to create well-informed and innovative strategies tailored to new entrants' values, challenges and motivators. Here's how.

Please select this link to read the complete article from Harvard Business Review.

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