You’ve likely heard the term the “Great Resignation” as workers quit their jobs in record numbers this year.

So how do you turn the Great Resignation around for your organization?

Focus instead on the Great Retention.

Think about how are you going to keep your employees and create a culture of opportunity, professional development and wellness.

Banishing the outdated stigma around mental health in this new post-pandemic world will separate companies looking for a competitive edge today. Especially since the mental health crisis among workers is growing.

Mental well-being in the workplace should be at the forefront not just during Mental Health Awareness Month. Those of us with mental health issues deal with them 24/7 every day and it’s impossible to leave them at the door when we go to work.

Mental health needs to become a management-level priority. Employers must overcome two root issues in their quest to create cultures where employees can seek assistance on mental health challenges: stigma and awareness.

While many employers offer employee assistance programs with mental health services, some employees feel uncomfortable using them. I didn’t. I didn’t say a word. I was afraid of the social stigma.

Employers really do have a responsibility to helping their employees struggling with a mental health issue.

Oftentimes the employer doesn’t realize there is an issue because it is hidden by negative performance or work absences at first.

My employer knew I was struggling and still chose to cut ties with me at a time when doing so could have been catastrophic for me.

It’s not all work and productivity at the end of the day – especially after the cataclysmic workplace shifts that happened during the pandemic.

There is much more that can be done to ensure that employees don’t fall through the cracks and that companies prioritize mental health and wellness.

So be that company that leads the pack when it comes to helping your employees with a mental health issue and create an environment that is truly supportive and healthy.

Supporting mental health is critical in the war for talent. Your employees will be less likely to take an offer if they feel understood, supported and heard.

What are you doing to break the stigma, stop the Great Resignation and support your people?