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Employee mental health is becoming an important issue for employers, and one of the ways to help workers is through their employee benefits packages. Here we look at trends, build awareness, and share ideas for benefits managers and brokers.

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Distracted employee After use of EAP-provided counselling, problem rates were reduced for the five outcomes, including presenteeism, life satisfaction and employee engagement. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Stress can have a multitude of effects on people, and it shows at work. According to the Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report, released in partnership with LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell and the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, distressed employees spend more than one third of their time at work being unproductive and average one full day off sick per month.

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