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Wellness

Supporting Employees’ Mental Health

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Employee Experience

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Publish date

05/23/2022

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As an HRBP at SmartRecruiters, I spend a majority of my time enabling people managers and their teams to be the most effective they can be. If we want people who are inspired and ready to achieve big goals, we have to make sure everyone has the support they need. This is why we provide amazing wellness tools and resources to our people across the globe!Therapy on Demand What I love most about our benefits is they are deeply anchored in our company culture. As a people-first organization, our priority is your well-being in all facets of your life. One example that is part of our benefits package is free access to on-demand therapy.  As a SmartRecruiters employee, I can reach out to a professional therapist whenever I need it with the option to ask questions and receive thoughtful responses. We also have access to resources - like books, videos and sample exercises - along with the ability to schedule one-off therapy sessions for deep and meaningful conversations about any topic, such as troubling feelings, career challenges, how to effectively support others and more.Supporting Our PeopleLeading a team comes with many beautiful moments and can be very rewarding. But it also includes tough moments that create stress and pressure which can be emotionally draining. In those difficult moments, I remind those I work with about the old but simple truth: you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first if you want to effectively support those around you.SmartRecruiters benefits can act as your oxygen mask when you need one. You’re able to choose what works best for you from a wide range of options, including but not limited to the following:Unlimited paid time off to ensure you can rest and recharge when you need Wellness stipend to start yoga classes, try a meditation app or any other activity that will benefit your healthTwice annual company-wide shutdowns to provide a break for the entire organization so you can truly disconnect and enjoy uninterrupted time offAbility to take a “workation” to get a break from your routine and change your environment for a bit Access to professional therapy to release stress and learn how to manage it effectivelyAt SmartRecruiters, we care about our people. Should you join our team, you will always be a priority and have access to the tools and resources you need to take care of yourself first. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage you to invest in self-care and ensure you’re working at an organization that takes your well-being seriously.By Kaja Mądzik HR Business Partner, Poland

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If we want people who are inspired and ready to achieve big goals, we have to make sure everyone has the support they need.

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Making Mental Health a Priority Every Day

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From Our Leaders

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Blog

Publish date

05/11/2022

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Every year, millions of people across the globe are faced with some element of mental illness. It affects individuals, families, communities and organizations, and it is estimated that workplace stress alone costs over $190 billion in North America. That number grows exponentially when you consider the global impacts. It’s such an important topic and yet it’s very difficult to speak about. There is a stigma associated with mental illness that must be broken. We have to stand together to support one another not only when someone is dealing with mental illness, but when an individual begins to demonstrate signs of struggle. Unfortunately, workplace burnout has become common for many. We’ve experienced a new way of work that has clear benefits, but we can’t overlook the health impacts of having our work and home lives essentially becoming one. As a leader of people, this is something top of mind for me and others alike. We spend a great deal of time with our people and need to be more aware of signs of burnout, workplace stress or other mental health challenges.  We have an obligation to equip our leaders to notice the signs and be prepared to engage in a conversation with those who may be suffering so they can direct them to the proper resources. With the talent landscape continuing to get hotter and more competitive, organizations who don’t make mental wellness a priority risk missing out on great talent and an increase in turnover. People want to work for an organization that values them and puts their well-being first. So how can you get started?  Make mental health a priority in your organization. Talk about it openly and frequently to begin removing the stigma. Provide proper education and training to enable your leaders and individuals to notice potential signs, facilitate conversations and guide people to resources available to them and their families. Offer wellness benefits specifically addressing mental health and ensure people know how to access and leverage them. Then, measure the utilization and make modifications as necessary to ensure their success. Provide programs that minimize the potential for burnout, such as unlimited PTO, company-wide shutdowns, flexible work schedules, Work from Anywhere programs and more. Ensure mental health is part of your ongoing wellness strategy. Don’t wait for a single day or month to make it a priority. At SmartRecruiters, we prioritize well-being and offer benefits, programs and education that support our people and their families. We speak openly about burnout, workplace stress and mental health. We have created a culture of transparency and trust where people feel supported and encouraged to speak up and seek assistance when needed. It’s one of the many reasons I am proud to work for this organization. Just remember, you don’t need to have all the answers, provide the “perfect” programs or be the experts on mental health. Demonstrating support, openness, compassion and a desire to listen is a great start. So don’t delay, now is the perfect time to take action. Your people will thank you and so will their families. By Lisa Sterling SmartRecruiters Chief People Officer

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Every year, millions of people across the globe are faced with some element of mental illness, and there is a stigma associated with it that must be broken.

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