Nearly a third (30 per cent) of employees say they’d consider switching employers for better mental-health support and resources, according to a survey by Robert Half Canada Inc.
The survey, which polled more than 500 employees, found 63 per cent felt that, although their employer offers adequate resources to meet their mental-health needs, there’s still room for improvement.
Notably, 68 per cent of respondents who said they’re satisfied with their workplace’s mental-health resources cited expanded mental-health benefits, followed by encouraging open dialogue about mental health in the workplace (44 per cent), mental-health perks (34 per cent), paid time off for mental health days (33 per cent) and other reasons (four per cent).
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Among respondents who don’t feel adequately supported, two-thirds (66 per cent) wish their company would provide paid time off for mental health. More than half (57 per cent) would like their employers to offer expanded mental-health benefits, such as employee assistance programs and access to free therapy.
Another 30 per cent said they’d like mental-health perks such as free mindfulness offerings and a quarter (25 per cent) would like their companies to encourage open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.