Employers provide a range of programs, policies and resources to support mental health.
While no single offering is experienced by the majority, most commonly mentioned is information on employees’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, adequate insurance coverage for mental health services, flexible work schedules and permitted leave of absence for mental health reasons. (Table 19)
|Information on rights under FMLA||
|Adequate insurance for mental health||
|Flexible work schedule||
|Permitted leave of absence for mental health reasons||
|Opportunities to establish a healthy work-life balance||
|Mental health treatment and rehabilitation programs and counseling||
|Health promotion and prevention programs||
|Written organizational policies protecting employees’ mental health||
|Training for leaders on responding promptly and constructively to work performance issues||
|On-site mental health support staff||
|My employer doesn’t offer anything to support mental health||
Base All qualified respondents (n=1,041)
Q820 Which of the following, if any, does your employer offer employees to support their mental health? Please select all that apply.
Employees take advantage of employer-provided mental health resources and find them useful.
Among the programs, policies and resources offered by their current or past employer, the majority of employees have taken advantage of flexible work schedules (57 percent) and fitness options (53 percent). They have also used health promotion and prevention programs (46 percent) when offered.
Employees report that these offerings have been overwhelmingly helpful.
|Flexible work schedule||
|On-site mental health support staff*||
|Mental health treatment and rehabilitation programs and counseling*||
|Permitted leave of absence for mental health reasons*||
|Health promotion and prevention programs*||
|Information on employees’ rights under Family Medical Leave Act||
Base: Used Program (n=varies for each)
Question Q830;* Indicates a small base size (less than n=100 were offered program); use caution when interpreting
Employees are likely to use these mental health supports if the need arises.
Regardless of whether employees have received these supports to date, most say they are likely to use them in the future should an issue emerge that negatively affects their mental health. The programs they say they are most likely to use are flexible work schedules, information about employees’ rights under FMLA, permitted leave of absence for mental health reasons, and fitness options.
Most likely to use in the future:
Flexible work schedules
Information on FMLA
Mental health leave of absence