Brain with gears Mental Health Awareness month is the time to double down on culture and create moments of meaningful conversation and support, so that employees feel truly known and cared for.

As we move into Mental Health Awareness Month amid a global pandemic, the fierceness and totality of the moment invites us to stop, reflect, and consider the impact of this crisis on our collective mental health. As humans, we are wired to seek certainty and predictability, and while many organizations are focused on business continuity planning, employee mental health is emerging more poignantly than ever as an urgent focus.

While we are sheltering in place, the line between home and work has become blurred. We are challenged to be mothers, fathers, caretakers, employees, and romantic partners all at once while sitting at our kitchen tables with our laptops. Moment to moment we are called to role- and task switch without the usual rituals of transition that helped us shift from one tapestry to another, pre-COVID-19.

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