There’s a worldwide shift in recognizing employees’ need to feel psychologically safe and emotionally supported in and outside their workplaces. It’s why we are so passionate about providing employees access to our Creative Coping Toolkit, a film and evidence-based mental health literacy program.
In 2019, Mental Health America (MHA) launched the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, the first national certification program to recognize employers committed to supporting the mental health of their workforce. As a leader in the mental health world, we were curious to see how they measured companies’ ability to support employee health.
The Bell Seal Process
To gain a Bell Seal, organizations complete an application demonstrating how their policies and practices impact the mental health of their workers These include workplace culture, benefits, compliance, and wellness programs.
MHA also ranks companies based on their ability to track the progress of their mental health programs. Data collection and evaluation are buzzwords; when done right, they show the impact and guide future programming. 81% of Awarded Bell Seal recipients measured their workforce’s mental health and well-being through various methods, including:
Organizational climate assessments
Training pre-and post-surveys, and benefits utilization and satisfaction analysis.
The table below outlines example topics to explore and how to survey employees.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to measuring employee mental health and your data is only as good as your ability to reach your employee base to get feedback. Other creative ways Bell Recipients measured engagement included:
Facilitating 1:1 informal discussions between supervisors and their direct reports, including board and C-suite leadership, to better understand their workforce’s mental health needs;
Having small group discussions in the form of huddles, focus groups, or team meetings to foster connection and discuss opportunities to promote mental well-being;
Hosting organization-wide town hall forums to provide workers with access to leadership and upper management for expressing mental health concerns;
Analyzing workforce participation in mental health benefits and wellness programs.
What’s Your Game Plan?
As summer comes to an end, it’s a great time to step back, reflect, and plan. How will you measure your mental wellness programming’s impact? And how can iMPACTFUL help you get there?
Embedded in the CCT, we have the Engagement Impact Reporting Tool (EIRT). This feature allows administrators (such as HR Managers, or other organizational leaders) to see how the employees and their families engage with the resources provided.
Sample Engagement and Impact Report (Partial View)
Let’s partner up. Together, we can further the investment in your employee base’s mental wellness, measure the impact, and implement company culture norms. Bring iMPACTFUL to your business by clicking HERE.