More employers have been focusing attention on employees' mental health in recent years, recognizing the impact it can have not only on employees' physical health but workplace productivity, as well.

But offering employee assistance programs and encouraging more openness about mental health in the workplace isn't enough. Employers who really want to help their workers get the help they need should sit down with their health plan provider and benefits consultant and examine how easy it is for those in need to find a mental health provider.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.