Starbucks begins offering employees mental health benefits

Mental health awareness continues to increase in recent years and more employers are addressing the importance of mental health benefits for their workers. One of those employers is Starbucks, and the CEO Kevin Johnson recently went over the changes that are being implemented for the coffee giant.

After careful workforce analysis and ongoing employee feedback, Starbucks found that many employees were scared about speaking up for their mental health. For example, the Employee Assistance Program offered by Starbucks provides short-term counseling and treatment options but is being severely underused. In an interview with Yahoo Fiance, Kevin Johnson goes over the goals of the new mental health approach being rolled out in the coming year:

We believe this is a societal problem and we want to take steps within Starbucks for our partners to break the stigma of mental health, acknowledge that it exists, and do some creative things to provide services to those in need.

In an effort to increase mental health awareness, Starbucks is hosting a Mental Health Conference for all store managers. The skills and knowledge gained from this conference give management an outlet to effectively assist employees that are struggling emotionally.

Starbucks begins offering employees mental health benefits

Starbucks cares about their employees mental health

As one of the largest corporations in the United States, Starbucks has been a leader in helping employees with counseling options when it comes to their wellness and mental health. The benefits that Starbucks already offers their hard working employees include:

  • Healthcare for both part-time and full-time employees
  • Equity in the form of stock options
  • College tuition assistance
  • Family leave benefits

Mental health is becoming increasingly tied with employee productivity and happiness levels. Businesses want their employees to be stable and perform at their maxiumum capacity. This means that any mental health disorders or illnesses must be effectively addressed. Whether it’s addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, or another illness, having the support and counseling services in-place to succeed in the workplace is crucial for keeping employee turnover low.

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