Apr 27, 2021 - Health
Employers crafting post-COVID benefits show new commitment to mental health
Employers are taking a harder look at mental health benefits and employee resource groups as they design their post-COVID benefits packages, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.
Details: 51% of employers said mental health is among their top three benefit priorities; and 33% said the same for employee resource groups.
- Just 27% of employers put mental health in their top three priorities in 2019.
What they're saying: Most companies saw some pretty significant jumps throughout the pandemic in their mental health claims, said Rachael McCann, senior director of health and benefits and NA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader at WTW.
Employers also say they want to address social determinants of health in their benefits packages, though they're not sure what, exactly, to do, McCann said.
- "There's just such a delay between 'Yes, I know it's important,' to 'I know what to do,'" she said.