Though members of different generations face varying everyday stressors, lead different lifestyles and hold different attitudes towards mental health, all of these individuals are connected through today’s workplace. In addition to being a source of connection with a multigenerational team, the modern workplace can also be a source of connection to mental health care.
Unfortunately, employer-based mental health resources are largely underutilized (multiple studies show the average use rate is under 10%) for various reasons. These might include fear of lack of confidentiality or professional consequences for divulging personal information, fear of judgment from co-workers/supervisors and, ultimately, fear of reaching out for help.
With five generations interacting in the workplace, employers have a unique opportunity to expand access and encourage care through comprehensive employee benefits packages. Employers can prioritize sharing information regarding employee benefits packages and resources that account for the various life stages and struggles that workers might encounter on their mental health journey.