We recently released a study for Uprise Health, a leading digital mental health company, which found that human resources (HR) leaders are finding more success in work by boosting nontraditional benefits like mental health and physical wellness support. For this study we surveyed 543 U.S.-based HR leaders at firms with 100 or more employees in May 2022. One of the more alarming findings was that 43% of respondents said their employees are having difficulty accessing mental health care, while we found that 35% of employers are currently not offering any mental health and wellness benefits, despite the significant need. These concerns extend beyond self interest, as 52% said that concerns about access to mental health for employees’ teenaged children have become more prevalent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CEO of Uprise Health, Mike Nolte, had this to say about the results “HR teams are stretched to their limit navigating COVID-19 protocols, containing costs, and increasing employee engagement in hybrid workplaces, Their approaches to reducing employee burnout and ensuring work-life balance have had to adapt, and this has proven to be a significant challenge with modest success. Benefits professionals have a tremendous opportunity to step in as strategic advisors, providing solutions and guidance that support the health of every employee. This includes mental health, wellness, and resilience, while also addressing their link to everything from prevention to comorbid chronic illnesses. Now is the time for benefits professionals to share their knowledge and expertise with their HR clients.”

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Jeffrey Henning

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Jeffrey Henning, IPC is a professionally certified researcher and has personally conducted over 1,400 survey research projects. Jeffrey is a member of the Insights Association and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers. In 2012, he was the inaugural winner of the MRA’s Impact award, which “recognizes an industry professional, team or organization that has demonstrated tremendous vision, leadership, and innovation, within the past year, that has led to advances in the marketing research profession.” In 2022, the Insights Association named him an IPC Laureate. Before founding Researchscape in 2012, Jeffrey co-founded Perseus Development Corporation in 1993, which introduced the first web-survey software, and Vovici in 2006, which pioneered the enterprise-feedback management category. A 35-year veteran of the research industry, he began his career as an industry analyst for an Inc. 500 research firm.