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Happy employees pay off

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

When charting a benefits plan for employees, employers often focus on what has worked in the past: providing coverage to their employees for their physical health, like routine physicals, disease management, and pregnancy. While that is important, employee’s mental health is shaping up to be just as important to an employer’s bottom line.


Unmanaged stress, and other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, in employees can cost employers roughly $225.8 billion dollars each year. To help employees to feel healthy and whole, employers should follow some best practices to make sure employees get the support they need.

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Offer mental health services. Nearly half of employers don’t even offer a mental health program, so a good place to start would be looking over what the needs of your company are and building a program around that.


If you have a program, advertise it. A lot of employers feel speaking about mental health is taboo, but healthy employees are essential to a workforce, so making sure your employees are aware of what you offer is a must.


Take another look at your workplace culture. Unbalanced workplace culture is a breeding ground for negativity. Misery loves company, so it’s important to identify the problem, whether it be a practice or a person, and work toward a solution.


Always improve. Lastly, if you have a mental health program, be sure to keep it up to date. Your employees’ needs change from time to time and person to person, so flexibility is important. Growth attracts more talent, and more talent means more profit.

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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