Mental health is a costly concern for employers. Whether they have initiatives to connect to their employees or they are seeking initiatives, this topic is a billion dollar cost factor. The Corporate Health & Wellness Association will be talking to leading employers such as PepsiCo, LL Bean, and Delta Air Lines about how they are creating strategies that not only help their employees but help their bottom line. This innovative summit has three amazing sessions that will give attendees key take aways for making your programs better.
The journey of Recovery to Fortune 100 CEO
In this surprising Keynote address, hear how Brian McAlister went from addiction and loss of everything to success. His journey is an inspiration for those who are struggling with addiction or for those who have loved ones or friends who struggle. McAlister suggests many ways to cope and change and even shares positive outcomes from the ashes that can be a life of addiction. Listen to Brian McAlister CEO of Freedom 365 and Best Selling Author of Full Recovery as he shares his journey and inspiration.
The opioid epidemic has catapulted employee substance abuse and treatment issues to the top of list of priorities for employees. One recent study found that prescription painkiller abuse is costing employers nationwide an estimated $25.5 billion a year in missed workdays and lost productivity, according to one study. With the rise of drug addiction related costs to the employer – employee productivity, absenteeism, disability costs, workers’ compensation claims and overall medical expenses, HR professionals walk a fine line when trying to have early intervention and provide the help an employee needs to help minimize the overall risk to the organization. Employers will discuss other tools they use to help employees with addiction and depression and all that goes along with it including revolutionary new pharmacogenomic tests that can really help!
An employee assistance program (EAP) is a work-based intervention program designed to assist employees in resolving personal problems that may be adversely affecting the employee's performance. EAPs traditionally have assisted workers with issues like alcohol or substance abuse; however, most now cover a broad range of issues such as child or elder care, relationship challenges, financial or legal problems, wellness matters and traumatic events like workplace violence. Programs are delivered at no cost to employees by stand-alone EAP vendors or providers who are part of comprehensive health insurance plans. Services are often delivered via phone, video-based counseling, online chatting, e-mail interactions or face-to-face. They also include stress reducing strategies, crisis management and more. We will discuss how to go beyond the EAP and really connect with employees! We will also talk about ways resilience, and behavior health programs are helping employees feel more connected with their benefits, and their employer.
Mental illness is one of the most rapidly increasing causes of long-term sickness absence, despite improved rates of detection and development of more effective interventions. However, mental health training for managers might help improve occupational outcomes for people with mental health problems. We aimed to investigate the effect of mental health training on managers' knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and behavior towards employees with mental health problems, and its effect on employee sickness absence. We will discuss how employers are tackling this issue head on and helping employees get connected!