Companies Pledge to Continue to Improve Worker Mental Health

Companies Pledge to Continue to Improve Worker Mental Health

Workers’ mental health has declined in recent years, many surveys show.

Workers’ mental health has declined since the start of the pandemic.

Compared to 2019, many workers are facing more mental health issues. According to a survey from The Standard, an insurance company, 46 percent of people surveyed said they are “suffering from mental health issues.” Before the pandemic, that number was only 39 percent. More people are also suffering from serious mental illnesses, 11 percent in 2020, up from 7 percent before the pandemic.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a survey in 2021 about workers’ mental health. More than 40 percent of the 1,099 employees surveyed said they felt “hopeless, burned out or exhausted.”

The importance of workers’ mental health and well-being has been augmented for many employers during the pandemic. Many of these employers are committing to improving their workers’ mental health.

According to a press release, more than 80 companies have signed a pledge to continue to make workers’ mental health and well-being a priority. The pledge starts with two simple lines: “The times are uncertain. Our commitment to mental health is not.”

Thrive, a technology company, and SHRM started the pledge, which a variety of companies have signed. They include public companies like MetLife and Walmart and private companies and non-profits such as the American Heart Association.

“Now more than ever, employers must commit and provide adequate resources to support their employees’ successful mental health and well-being,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM President and CEO in the press release. “It’s not just good for their businesses – it’s also the right thing to do.”

Read the pledge online.

Looking for more ways to support workers’ mental health? Listen to our podcast on employee mental health and wellness.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.

Product Showcase

  • Magellan X Pte Ltd

    Hesitate No More with SOL-X Connected Worker Health & Safety Solution

    According to the National Safety Council, work-related medically consulted injuries total 4.26 million in 2021 in USA alone. SOL-X solution prevents “human factors” safety issues by anticipating incidents and improving compliance workflows. Leverages digital technologies (IIoT, AI and analytics) to predict patterns from occurring and make informed decisions. Control Of Work - gets rid of tedious paperwork and experience digital workflows. Crew Protect - maximises safety and situational awareness with health trackers and situational indicators. Award-winning Intrinsically Safe SmartWatch – innovative features that enable near real-time visibility and connected well-being. Works well with major connectivity protocols like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Long-Range Bluetooth! 3

  • Make selection & use of SRLs simpler with the new V-SHOCK line

    Make selection & use of SRLs simpler with the new V-SHOCK line

    The new MSA V-SHOCK EDGE Cable SRLs and Web PFLs for Leading Edge use are designed for simplicity and hassle-free safety. V-SHOCK EDGE solutions help make PPE selection on the jobsite quick and easy with color-coded housings, clear icons on labels, and clearance charts in the label pack. 3

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi-gas detector that runs continuously for three years without needing to be recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Additionally, it is durable enough to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, which is why it has an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as Gas Clip Technologies’ new GCT External Pump. Visit for more information. 3