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Rather than focus on conversations to get employees to open up or try to overcome the stigma of mental wellness, think about giving every employee access to clinically backed resources.  (Photo: Shutterstock)

On the one hand, we have this: The pandemic in combination with all of the other social, political, and cultural upheavals of 2020 brought the importance of being proactive about total well-being and employee mental health to center stage.

Although it’s true that stress and anxiety among employees dropped in December and January from their record highs during the pandemic, employees still struggle with their mental health at much higher levels than before the pandemic. Risk of depression is 71% higher than before the pandemic, and attention span is 27% worse.

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