Interviewed by Medium staff writer David Liu in the article, titled ‘Ann Walton Of Voices On 5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees’, Walton focuses on actionable strategies to improve workplace culture.
Walton’s contributions in the interview are particularly timely given the latest figures from the CDC which indicate that 1 in 5 Americans will struggle with a mental illness this year, with over 50% of the nation being diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder over the course of their life.
Moreover, according to a recent expose from Harvard Business Review, 76% of respondents reported having at least one symptom of a mental health condition that was directly related to their job and workplace. Another 81% of respondents also stated that they had left a job due to mental health factors such as overwhelming and unsustainable work.
The evidence is increasingly prevalent that poor mental health in the workplace leads to high rates of attrition, increased absenteeism, a reduction in productivity and often a negative spiral of dropping staff morale.
As such, Ann Walton stresses that it is imperative for a company to ensure that their employees feel genuinely valued, seen and cared for.
In conversation with David Liu, she channels her experiences at the forefront of a modern, multinational corporation to develop a list of best practices for creating a healthy, mental wellness-promoting workplace culture.
Citing Voices’ recent collective subscription to the Calm app, Walton argues that companies simply must invest in wellness and mental health initiatives. She suggests that these should cover essentials like therapy and counseling benefits as well as healthy lifestyle benefits like gym memberships or meditation opportunities.
About Voices and Ann Walton
Ann Walton is the Voices VP of People & Operations. She has over 25 years of experience in people management and culture-creating and is proud to be representing Voices and their innovative approach to work and culture building on the global stage.
As Walton was quoted in Medium’s thought leadership piece, “The first thing we need to accept and embrace is that supporting the mental health of your colleagues is not a “nice to have,” but a “must-have.” If you believe your people are your strongest asset, then you have to invest in all facets of your people. It’s not enough to merely say you care about your colleagues. You have to actually do something about it.”
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