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Help from psychologists and personal development support in place of shopping vouchers, fitness packages, and Thursday Fruits. This is what the job market will look like after the pandemic. The first platform for companies wanting to change the approach to benefits and employee care was created in Poland. Its founder is psychologist Małgorzata Ohme.

The coronavirus pandemic has spoiled a lot of companies. We’re not just talking about fast-forwarding to remote work. Much has changed in terms of employee benefits. The popularity of “Fruit Thursday” is declining, due to restrictions, sports cards are definitely less popular. However, there is a growing need for a wide range of medical packages, which should come as no surprise when looking at the situation in healthcare.

Showed by, among other things, the Active Report “The Future of Well-Being and Employee Benefits – A New Ranking”. It appears to be less than 74 percent. Employees believe that the most important thing in our current benefits package must be a flexible approach to where and when they work. An employer’s offer of the medical package became a priority too – indicated by 73.3 percent. Threads.

The psychological, social and economic damage of the pandemic poses a serious threat to companies’ business. In an age of an overburdened healthcare system, the most attractive benefits are those that help deal with stress, anxiety, occupational burnout or employee depression.

What began to happen in Poland, we can observe it for a long time abroad. Here, the largest employers see the need for mental support for employees. In the world, psychological support for employees is provided via online platforms by technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Twitter or eBay, in addition to traditional companies, including Domino’s, Sephora, Pixars.

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Stress epidemic

Research from the Mental Health Foundation shows that a third of employees experience low motivation when working remotely. 1 in 6 employees require psychological support during a pandemic, and 70% of them are anxious and have difficulty concentrating due to the epidemic.

When fighting stress caused by uncertainty about the further development of the epidemic or fear of work, we often turn to stimulants. According to a Stresaktywni report, up to 7 in 10 employees combat stress during a pandemic, using alcohol, stimulants and sedatives.

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Polish employees are among the most nervous in years. The epidemic has only exacerbated these processes. A survey by Hays Polska showed that out of more than 1,400 respondents in Poland, 32% of respondents had experienced a deterioration in mental health in recent months. Specialists and managers. Only 36 percent. They got no support from their employer in this regard.

The main idea that should be guiding employers now is to take care of the mental health of the employees. The topic is not new, but the pandemic has highlighted many problems that were previously not apparent. It’s time to work. Unfortunately, some companies still don’t notice this problem. Some workers managed to get through the epidemic without problems, but others experienced significant mental health problems, mainly due to isolation, job losses and financial decline. Stress has mastered many areas of life – confirms Maja Kolodzjic, psychologist, human resources specialist, and senior director of human resources at 180heartbeats / JvM creativity agency.

Mindgram app (Photo: Press materials)

New initiatives that support the mental health of employees are the solution to this type of problem. Mindgram is the first online platform and application in Poland that provides comprehensive care for professionals – psychologists, health protectors and personal development coaches, aimed at corporate employees and their families. A startup founded by Małgorzata Ohme has raised 8.5 million PLN to develop benefits that improve the quality of life and health of companies and institutions.

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– The possibility of Mindgram’s development is determined by two factors – the massive demand for psychological help among employees and global trends. More advanced companies, such as Google or Facebook, at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading, were immediately revising their employee benefit policy, replacing coupons, fitness packages or “Thursday fruits” with benefits aimed at health, mental state and increased employee resilience. We can see this trend already in Poland – Małgorzata Ohme explains.

Those interested in working with a startup have already reported, among others, UPC, Holidays.pl, TUiR Unum, Packhelp, White, 7N.

Mindgram is a psychological support and employee development platform. Access to it is purchased by the business owner on the subscription form. Each company employee who uses the platform receives individualized psychological care according to a specially designed methodology based on available medical knowledge and clinical research (in areas such as positive psychology, systemic psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy). As part of the monthly subscription, the employee can choose from group workshops, mindfulness packages, relaxation and meditation training, and therapy programs. Mindgram also provides free access to other family members.

The well-being of employees has a real impact on the effective performance of the company: it increases commitment and job satisfaction, and reduces absenteeism and the present. According to the World Health Organization, every dollar invested in the mental health of employees generates a return of $ 4 for the company, explains Jacob Zelensky, CEO of the startup.

Mental health is expensive

It is estimated that around 8 million Polish adults suffer from mental disorders in Poland, 1.5 million of whom go to psychiatric hospitals every year. Almost every fourth (23.4%) suffer from at least one psychiatric disorder.

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The problem is not only related to our country. It is estimated that more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Psychiatric disorders contribute to lost employee productivity, costing the global economy $ 1 trillion annually.