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Why offer therapy to our staff?

When an employee is suffering with mental health issues, work quality and work relationships will likely suffer. Often the company will lose the employee – either temporarily through absence or permanently through departure. This doesn't have to happen. You can help by making it easier for your staff to speak to a therapist of their choice and when it suits them - with the reassurance that their name will not be disclosed to you.

Our aim is to help those that need it, but that doesn't end with the person seeking help. Therapy can help companies too: happy staff are more productive and they appreciate that you care. Offering counselling to those who need it is not just the right thing to do morally but could also save the company money in the long run.

Why now?

The profile of mental health and wellness is on the rise. Whilst the stigma surrounding therapy begins to decrease, the mental health movement continues to gain traction. Forward-thinking companies are now realising that they have a responsibility to look after their employees’ mental health. They can either join in or risk being left behind. Those who opt out are likely to be seen as out of touch.

Also, the workplace is changing, rapidly.

Millenials

Millennials are expected to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025 (Deloitte Survey). To attract the best of this group, it makes increasing sense that a company's benefits package should address the therapy issue head-on. For today’s aspiring professionals, workplace culture and personal development are increasingly important when considering career opportunities. An employer that recognises the importance and normality of therapy is one that will impress.

Millennials are the most values-driven generation. They seek managers and companies that will invest in their future growth. The Huffington Post notes that “79% of millennials prefer their boss to be more of a coach or mentor in their professional lives." Creating an environment where people feel appreciated and part of a team will be more important than ever.

Employers will continue to see a shift in what’s expected of the working environment. Those that remain flexible and responsive to the needs of their workforce will attract and retain top talent. More than any other generation, millennials have internalised the idea that they need to be working all the time or engaged in the never-ending pursuit of self-optimisation in order to be successful. Glorification of 24-hour accessibility. The balance is ensuring mental wellbeing and avoiding a potential burnout that can follow this extreme dedication to work.

'Generation Burnout'

Burnout is a response to prolonged stress and typically involves emotional exhaustion, detachment and feeling ineffective.

The six main risk factors for work burnout are having an overwhelming workload, limited control, unrewarding work, unfair work, work that conflicts with our values and a lack of community in the workplace.

According to a UK-wide survey in 2018 by the Mental Health Foundation, a staggering 74% of more than 4,500 adults surveyed had at some point over the past year felt so stressed that they were ‘overwhelmed and unable to cope.’

Increase in absenteeism and long-term sick leave are then inevitable, as are associated recruitment costs of finding interim cover and/or replacements. Whilst not every case is avoidable, it is certainly prudent to put in place effective measures to address these potential mental health related issues. That is where glyde can help.

Can't we handle this internally?

Some companies try this by training HR staff to tackle issues, but statistics show that staff overwhelmingly prefer speaking to an impartial, unconnected professional outside of the business.

According to Aon, utilisation of mental health benefits at work remains below 5%. Why? 92% of people with mental health conditions believe that admitting to this in the workplace would damage their career.

Our aim is to provide help to the employee whilst minimising the effect on the company; it pays to give staff the choice of an external professional they feel comfortable with. Employee anonymity is key, so you won’t know which employees are using the service or what they’re discussing.

Why glyde?

We've recognised that one of the biggest hurdles on your mental health journey is actually putting your hand up to ask for help. Getting that help then needs to be simple so that you’re not put off: we're trying to make access to therapy as easy as possible.

We offer telephone and video counselling for the modern world – to work around busy schedules and without the need to travel. glyde offers a new generation of therapists who are uniquely placed and experienced to address the complexity of modern day mental health issues.

How does it work?

You can create an Employer account using the button below.

When creating an account, your email address is important: if you use 'susan@megacorp.com', our system will ensure that only clients with an '@megacorp.com' email address are able to book on your account.

When booking an appointment on Megacorp's account, the employee must enter an '@megacorp.com' email address. Each time an employee tries to book on Megacorp's account, our system will send a validation code to their Megacorp email address and the employee must enter this code on our website before being able to complete their booking: this way we know that they have a valid company email address.

You can also provide us with a whitelist of staff email addresses (i.e. only employees who are entitled to book appointments) or a blacklist (those who are not).

Once you've created your account, you can top-up your balance via your Employer dashboard: you'll be able to download a pro forma invoice, and once this has been paid your account will be credited with the relevant amount and you'll be able to download an invoice and your staff can book. You can track your balance via your dashboard – you'll be able to see when your balance is reduced because an employee has booked, and similarly you'll see when your account has been credited when i) you top up your balance or ii) if an employee cancels an appointment.

Shortly after you've created your account, the link to your company's glyde page (for your staff to book - here's an example) will appear on your dashboard – we'll email you once this is done. You'll then be able to customise the message to your staff (displayed on your company's glyde page) via your dashboard. Your staff will be able to post anonymous feedback on your company's glyde page once they've had their first appointment.

How much does it cost?

There are no set-up fees.

You only pay for any sessions booked by your staff, and you only pay the therapist’s fees. glyde makes money by charging therapists a commission but has no say in which therapist a staff-member chooses.

Each 50 minute session costs from £45 (each therapist sets their own fee). You can set a price cap if required so that your staff can select only therapists who charge no more than your chosen maximum.

Before your staff can book appointments, you must purchase credit - which you can do via your online dashboard once you've created an Employer account.

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