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Brain with gearsWhile nearly all employers believe that the mental health of their workers positively impacts their company’s bottom line, more than a few still aren’t putting their money where their mouth is, according to Transamerica Center for Health Studies’ report, “Employer-based Health Coverage Remains Strong but Affordability a Major Concern.”

The nonprofit surveyed nearly 1,400 employer decision-makers, and found that only 65 percent of the respondents perceive the mental health resources provided at their company are adequate. Eleven percent say they do not provide adequate resources – and 17 percent do not offer any resources.

Related: Mental health stigma hurts employers and employees

“There is awareness of employee physical health impacts in the workplace in terms of absenteeism and productivity,” says Hector De La Torre, executive director of Transamerica Center for Health Studies. “But the near-unanimous acknowledgement of what was formerly a taboo subject in the workplace shows that mental health is growing in importance for American employers.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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