Workplace Resources for Employees and HR Professionals
Available for download on this page are several resources from Unum which explore topics that impact much of today’s workforce and human resources teams, including parental leave, mental health and adult caregiving. Unum has combined survey results with published research and expert commentary to provide insight on each of these topics.
Bringing Up Baby: A Guide to Workplace Parental Leave Resources
From navigating benefits to developing a leave plan and returning to work, juggling new parent duties with job responsibilities can be challenging. In March 2019, Unum conducted research among 500 new mothers and fathers who had or adopted a child in the previous five years. Some of the key findings include:
- 49% of new moms and 36% of new dads did not meet with their manager or HR department to discuss their leave benefits; 40% of those who did spent 30 minutes or less
- Some of the top struggles of new parents included leaving their child (61%), not wanting to return to work but needing the income (52%), logistics of childcare (42%) and a reduced focus or concentration at work (37%)
- Paid leave is the most desired workplace benefit, but only 30% of these new parents’ employers offer it
- 47% of new mothers said breastfeeding at work was one of their biggest challenges and only 17% of parents said their employer offers lactation rooms
- 60% of moms and 40% of dads struggled with depression or anxiety after becoming new parents
This guide contains basic tips, timing and conversation starters to engage with managers and HR representatives, spotlights key findings from research and contains links to additional resources.
Strong Minds at Work: The 2019 Unum Mental Health Report
This March 2019 Unum report details recent survey data from human resources professionals; adult workers in the U.S.; workers with a diagnosed mental health issue; and insight from mental health professionals and industry-leading research organizations.
Some key findings include:
- Mental illness is one of the top causes of worker disability in the U.S., and 62% of missed work days can be attributed to mental health conditions
- 55% of employees said their employer did not have, or they were unsure if their employer had, a specific program, initiative, or policy in place to address mental health
- 76% of employees were confident their managers were properly trained on how to identify employees who may be having a mental health issue, while just 16% of HR professionals felt the same
- 92% of employees said they thought their employer’s managers were trained on how to refer employees to mental health resources, while just 25% of HR professionals said their managers are provided that training
- Among employees with a mental health issue, 42% have come to work with suicidal feelings
- 61% of employees feel there’s a social stigma in the workplace towards colleagues with mental health issues; half of them feel that stigma has stayed the same or worsened in the previous five years
Beyond exploring extensive feedback from employees and HR professionals, the report also offers clear recommendations for employers on how to support employees with mental health issues and how to create a stigma-free workplace culture.
Adult Caregiving: Generational Considerations for America’s workforce
Caregiving responsibilities can take emotional, physical and financial tolls on the caregiver and result in lower productivity and engagement at work. This report from 2018 details findings from research fielded among caregivers of adult family members among Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.
Some key caregiver findings, further detailed by generation in the report, include:
- Most (58%) are caring for a parent or in-law, with spouse (16%) and adult child (10%) accounting for other top responses
- In addition to their caregiving responsibilities, most caregivers (55%t) are working more than 30 hours per week
- Caregiving responsibilities result in missed work or tardiness (52%) and lower productivity on the job (22%)
- Caregivers report stress, anxiety and/or depression (61%), exhaustion (49%) and financial strain (44%)
- From their employers, caregivers most desire flexible schedules (67%), employer-paid family leave (50%) and the ability to work from home (42%)
- Caregivers long for mobile technology to help them manage their leave (85%)