HR Happy Hour 467 – Supporting Employee Mental Health in 2021

Hosted by

Steve Boese

Co-Founder of H3 HR Advisors and Program Chair, HR Technology Conference

Trish Steed

CEO and Principal Analyst, H3 HR Advisors

About this episode

This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish were joined by Emily He from Oracle, to talk about some of the important findings from Oracle’s 3rd Annual AI @ Work study, which this year focused on employee mental health. On the show, Emily shared some of the key high level findings from the global survey of over 12,000 employees – 78% said 2020 was their most stressful year ever, 85% said their mental health issues are causing issues like sleep deprivation, poor physical health, reduced happiness at home, and more. We also explored some of the ways organizations have adapted existing or adopted new benefits and support programs to focus on supporting employee mental health.

Additionally, Emily shared how the research revealed how employees up and down the organization are increasingly comfortable and even prefer leveraging technology solutions in support of their mental health and in managing work-related stress and challenges. Other interesting findings from the research showed how C-suite leaders are struggling with mental health issues at an even higher level than their employees, and the younger workers, Gen Z and Milennials are also facing some signficant mental health challenges. Finally we discussed some ideas and thoughts on how HR and business leaders can be more proactive and take positive steps to help themselves and their employees address these issues.

Learn more about the AI @ Work Research here.


This was a great conversation – thanks so much to Emily for joining us!

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