Why an evidence-driven approach is the best way for businesses to support workplace mental health
Mental health has never been higher on the agenda for businesses. It is easy to see why, as even prior to COVID-19, anxiety and depression were estimated to cost the global economy over $1 trillion every year in lost productivity. The exodus from offices in 2020 has presented further challenges and raised big questions about future ways of working.
With the global corporate wellness market forecast to reach $66 billion by 2022, many employees will be familiar with the range of workplace mental health initiatives that a growing number of businesses offer their staff – from yoga and mindfulness to flexible working. But despite the prevalence of different approaches, we’re yet to understand what works, for who, and why.
The absence of a deep and robust evidence base for approaches to supporting workplace mental health is a problem and can lead to well-intentioned businesses making critical and sensitive decisions in the dark. At best, such interventions are working and we just don’t know why or, at worst, they could be causing harm to workforces…
The 6 Dimensions of a Winning Resilience Strategy
CIOs increasingly realize they must prepare for the unexpected. In this view, resilience is no longer about risk mitigation, it’s about adaptability and effortlessly reacting to the next major disruption.
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Every chief information officer takes resilience seriously. However, it’s become clear over the disruption of the past year that there are two ways of looking at resilience.
One is to think of it as preparing for the worst. Here, CIOs understand that black swan events can, in theory, happen and that they need to put in place fall-back plans and mitigations to help their businesses survive temporary upheaval.
The other is much more powerful. In this mindset, CIOs recognize that given the increasing complexity of the world, our interconnectedness and the increasing number of significant events — from pandemics to climate change to social and political disruption — they must build an enterprise that is resilient to the core…