How Tech Can Support Your Mental Health Pledge

Thrive, a behavioral tech company, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have recently joined forces to create a pledge to prioritize employees’ mental health and well-being. This pledge comes at a perfect time, in the wake of the past two years, which have been riddled with strife from the still-ongoing pandemic, tumultuous social rights conversations, and nationwide financial stress.

Mental health remains a critical pillar not only in business but in our society. Recent studies have found that 84% of workers experienced at least one mental health challenge over the past year. By prioritizing mental health and employee well-being, organizations can affirm to their employees that their mental health truly is valued and looked after. Without strong mental health support, employees can face burnout, overwhelm, and a host of other pressing issues that can impact their work and personal lives.

@Thrive and @SHRM’s new pledge to support #MentalHealth in the workplace is taking the working world by storm. See how this pledge promises to prioritize mental wellness in employees and what it means for the #tech community: Share on X

Knowing what we know about technology and how it can help mitigate the factors that often contribute to stress, anxiety, and other detrimental mental health effects, we have a responsibility to acknowledge the importance of this pledge. Continue reading to learn more about how this pledge came about, how technology can help, and how TTL has signed the pledge to ensure the prioritization of mental health among our employees!

Inception Of The Pledge

As Arianna Huffington, Founder, and CEO of Thrive, notes, “We created the pledge out of concerns we are hearing that as the economic times are getting tougher, the advances made during the last two years in support of employee mental health and well-being could be lost.”

Even before the pandemic began, mental health in the workplace became more regularly recognized and prioritized than in previous years. Things like The Great Resignation and an impending recession only reiterate the urgency behind these initiatives. Instead of allowing the worldwide crises to overturn some of the strides made in employee mental wellness, this pledge helps keep organizations on track to prioritize employee mental health.

A wide range of companies, including Fortune 50 businesses and high-growth startups, have signed this pledge to continue prioritizing the mental health and well-being of their employees. The number of companies taking the Mental Health Pledge is growing every day.

Technology’s Role In Supporting Mental Health

Given the growing mental health crisis, leveraging technology to support employees’ wellness is more critical than ever. The role of technology in support of mental health is something TTL is deeply familiar with. Released in May 2022, the Talent Management Technology Ecosystem 1.0 and report classifies and organizes the most innovative, industry-leading players in the complex and ever-changing Talent Management technology landscape. Let’s explore some of the technology sub-verticals specifically focused on employees’ well-being.

Behavioral Well-Being refers to technology focused on improving employee mental health and resilience. With the rise in mental health issues stemming from extended pandemic-related lockdowns, many new players have come onto the scene, and companies have received accelerated funding and adoption.

Physical Well-Being technology is dominated by preventative health-focused applications that assist with sleep, eating and drinking habits, and exercise patterns. There tends to be an aspect of gamification or competition involved for employees, with associated rewards or perks for achieving health goals. 

Financial Well-Being technology consists of applications that assist employees with all aspects of their financial health, from budgeting tools to finance calculators to full-on financial planning. Some innovation in this space includes the ability to provide on-demand payments for hourly or gig workers, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck.

Employee Listening platforms utilize surveys, data integrations, and other tools to provide team managers and employees with a transparent view of their work and progress, along with a channel for feedback. Trends in this area include providing executive/ leadership coaching and non-survey data collection methods (analyzing calendars, emails, Slack, etc.).

And that’s not all! To learn more about technologies designed to keep employees productive, healthy, happy, informed, and engaged during all stages of their employment, check out the Talent Management Ecosystem 1.0 bundle. 

TTL is very excited to have signed the @Thrive and @SHRM pledge to prioritize #MentalHealth in the workplace. Learn more about the pledge and see some of the other companies who have taken the pledge Share on X

Talent Tech Labs’ Commitment

TTL is honored and excited to have recently signed the pledge brought forward by Thrive and SHRM. Without strong mental health support, we cannot function at the high level that we pride our company on. If you are a part of an organization that equally values mental wellness in the workplace, we urge you to join us and the other companies that have signed the pledge. While this is just one step to confirming your commitment to mental health in employees, it certainly is a wonderful milestone.

We’re In Good Company!

Curious about the other people and companies who have joined the pledge? Take a look!

Public Companies: 

  • Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture
  • Jennifer Hanson, Chief Human Resources Officer, EVP of People & Culture, Accolade
  • Gloria Chen, Chief People Officer & EVP, Employee Experience, Adobe
  • Melissa Anderson, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Albemarle
  • Gail Boudreaux, President & CEO, Anthem
  • Melissa Arnoldi, EVP & Chief Customer Officer, AT&T Consumer
  • Tristram Roberts, Group Human Resources Director, Barclays
  • Betty Thompson, Chief People Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Rick Badgley, EVP, Chief People & Administrative Officer, Brinker International
  • Cynthia Ryan, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cigna
  • Francine Katsoudas, EVP & Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Cisco
  • Nancy H. Brown, Chief Culture & Engagement Officer, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)
  • Lisa Chang, Global Chief People Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Laurie Havanec, EVP & Chief People Officer, CVS Health
  • Silvio Amorosino, Chief Human Resources Officer, North America, Danone
  • Anna Moulton, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dentsu
  • Melanie Collins, Chief People Officer, Dropbox
  • Perry Stuckey, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Eastman
  • Laura Fuentes, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton
  • Elaine Arden, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, HSBC
  • Gil Dennis, COO, Indigo
  • Peter Fasolo, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Tracy Layney, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Susan Gelinas, SVP, People & Culture, lululemon
  • Ty Breland, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International
  • Michael Fraccaro, Chief People Officer, Mastercard
  • Susan Podlogar, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, MetLife
  • Kathleen Hogan, EVP & Chief People Officer, Microsoft
  • Nancy Phillips, EVP, Chief People Officer, Paramount
  • Payal Sahni, Chief People Experience Officer, EVP, Pfizer
  • Daniela Seabrook, Chief Human Resources Officer, Philips
  • Roseann Lynch, Chief People Officer, Ralph Lauren
  • Brent Hyder, President & Chief People Officer, Salesforce
  • Natalie Bickford, EVP, Chief People Officer, Sanofi
  • Sabine Bendiek, Chief People & Operating Officer, SAP
  • Jacqui Canney, Chief People Officer, ServiceNow
  • Christopher Krusmark, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Sleep Number
  • Dimitra Manis, EVP, Chief Purpose Officer, S&P Global
  • Lauren Duprey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Takeda
  • Deeanne King, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, T-Mobile
  • Nikki Krishnamurthy, Chief People Officer, Uber
  • Holly May, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Donna Morris, EVP, Chief People Officer, Walmart
  • Brian ‘Skip’ Schipper, EVP & Chief People Officer, Yext

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Private Companies & Non Profits:

  •  Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association
  • Nicolle Pangis, CEO, Ampersand
  • Doug Dennerline, Executive Chairman & CEO, Betterworks
  • Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Pedro Franceschi, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Brex
  • Sherrie Sage Schwartz, Chief Human Resources Officer, Creative Artists Agency
  • John Adcock, SVP, People Operations, Care.com
  • Shishir Mehrotra, Co-Founder & CEO, Coda
  • Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Enterprises
  • Edweena Stratton, Chief People Officer, Culture Amp
  • Stephani Long, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte LLP
  • Srini Rao, Global Vice Chair, GDS / Ashu Rathor, Global Tax GDS Leader, EY
  • Padmasree Warrior, Founder & CEO, Fable
  • Tony Bates, Chairman & CEO, Genesys
  • Cesar Carvalho, Co-Founder & CEO, Gympass
  • Samara Jaffe, Co-Founder & GM, HR Transform
  • Saydeah Howard, Partner & Chief Talent Officer, IVP
  • Martin Whittaker, CEO, Just Capital
  • Tom Nolan, CEO, Kendra Scott
  • Sue Biglieri, COO & CFO, Kleiner Perkins
  • Cara Brennan Allamano, Chief People Officer, Lattice
  • David Ebersman, Co-Founder & CEO, Lyra Health
  • Eric Minvielle, VP, People & Organization, Mars
  • Alyson Watson, Founder & CEO, Modern Health
  • Eric Severson, EVP, Chief People & Belonging Officer, Neiman Marcus Group
  • Meg Donovan, Chief People Officer, Nexthink
  • Maxine Carrington, SVP & Chief People Officer, Northwell Health
  • Tom Hale, CEO, Oura
  • Kate Chhabra, Partner & CFO, Owl Ventures
  • Tony Jamous, Founder & CEO, Oyster
  • Greg Till, EVP, Chief People Officer, Providence
  • Rahul Vohra, Founder & CEO, Superhuman
  • Aron Ain, Executive Chairman & CEO, UKG
  • Jean-Rene Zetrenne, Chief People Officer, UTA
  • Janelle Aaker, Chief Equity & People Officer, Vancity
  • Traci Dunn, Chief Human Resources Officer & Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, VillageMD
  • Roberto Ortiz, Co-Founder & CEO, Welcome

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The pledge created by Thrive and SHRM is a great start for organizations looking to publicly confirm their commitment to mental health initiatives. Nearly every business can benefit from a closer eye on their employee’s mental health support, and TTL is pleased to be a part of a historic step toward encouraging stronger mental wellness in the workplace.

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