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The Romans coined the idea of ​​”Mens sana in corpore sano” – a healthy mind in a healthy body – two thousand years ago, and over the past two years the best companies to work for have increasingly granted Pay more attention to the first part of this equation.

They’ve been supporting their employees’ physical health for much longer than that (as we discussed yesterday), but the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on employee mental health. The uncertainty, anxiety and isolation caused by the abrupt shift to a pandemic environment, combined with the very real new burdens created by having children at home and a massive crush of new work to do for clients to help them stay afloat stressed staff more than ever – and it’s worth remembering that accounting firms are quite stressful places to start, with heavy workloads and many tight deadlines.

In this busy environment, top companies have deployed resources to help their staff manage the pressure, such as online or in-person classes, meditation apps like Calm, and more. For example, in North Carolina, Martin Starnes & Associates reported: “Several times throughout the pandemic, MSA has held sessions to reduce and relieve employee stress. Employees have been taught how to relax through techniques breathing and other methods. The skills learned can be used at work and in personal situations as well.”

And at Texas-based Badger CPA, “We offer our staff three free counseling sessions with a professional counselor. We also pay and give our staff access to a website where they can watch mental health videos. and wellness called RightNow Media.” (The company also holds more traditional annual health and wellness challenges every year; this year, it’s around the most metrics taken in a month.)

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There are many people you can turn to for help dealing with the stresses of modern life in general and our current high stress times in particular; many of the top companies provide staff with access to mental health professionals, while Alabama’s BMSS takes a slightly different approach: “Our corporate chaplaincy program provides our employees with a confidential resource to get help during difficult times in their lives.”

Of course, not all mental health issues require a visit to a therapist or chaplain. Some can be helped simply by stepping away from work; we’ll talk later about how many of the best companies are taking staff away, but for now it’s worth noting efforts like WilkinGuttenplan, New Jersey’s “Disconnect Days” where the whole business closes and disconnects from work. Knowing that no one else will be working (and judging your absence) can take a day of rest and relaxation to the next level.

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