Maze with clear path Instead of an anxiety-inducing tome of options, how about offering your employees a platform with the tools they need to actively address mental health concerns before they spiral into bigger problems?

Large employers plan to combat expected 2021 increases in employee health costs in part by upping proactive mental health services. That sounds great on the surface, but having a smorgasbord of choices is a recipe for confusion, option fatigue, and decision paralysis.

We learned this with 401(k) plans in the ’90s and cafeteria health plans last decade: Trying to navigate a winding road of endless options gets in the way of making even the simplest decisions in life. Dropping a ton of options in employees’ laps — mental health–related rewards, incentives, mindfulness apps, mental health platforms, fitness programs, and more — will not only prevent them from making a well-considered choice, it will steer them completely away from the help they need.

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