Deloitte believes that supporting mental health and well-being is critical to attracting and retaining the best people and helping them be their authentic and productive selves today and into the future. We recognise the importance of mental health and the need for Deloitte people to know where and how to seek support when they are facing mental ill health. Our leaders understand their roles in maintaining a stigma-free workplace.
To advance mental health awareness and support Deloitte people globally, our organisation introduced a mental health baseline in January 2021 that sets clear expectations in each country in which we operate. This set of requirements includes reducing stigma, providing leadership learning and support and identifying causes of mental ill health and corresponding actions to help address them. Each Deloitte firm committed to meeting this set of minimum requirements within 18 months and guidance was provided to help firms meet each element of the baseline. This included a Mental Health Diagnostic Tool—a self-assessment that allows Deloitte firms to evaluate their current state against the baseline and identify actions needed to meet the requirements. Building on the baseline, we are focussing on developing tailored guidance and tools to help firms to continue to address the most significant workplace issues, with an initial focus on the mitigation of burnout.
Deloitte offers various resources to support its people when it comes to their mental health. We believe that prevention is critical. To this end, the Deloitte Global Mental Health Podcast Series features leaders from across and outside the Deloitte organisation who share practical tips and ideas to help support mental health and well-being. Other resources include well-being articles, videos and educational materials and information published on Deloitte’s Inclusion Hub, an online resource accessible to Deloitte people globally. In 2022, Deloitte Global created the “Supporting Mental Health at Work” e-learning, which has been released globally. This learning module aims to raise awareness of signs that someone might be experiencing mental health challenges, how to have a supportive conversation and the resources available that can help.
Each year, World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to advocate for and accelerate positive change for mental health in the workplace. In October 2021, as part of our global World Mental Health Day campaign, Deloitte published stories of the journeys of some of our people when it comes to mental health. Our hope is that these stories make clear the importance of being able to talk about mental health at work—and that it’s OK to not be OK.
Externally, Deloitte aims to promote the importance of mental health as a priority for business leaders globally. Deloitte is a founding partner of the Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health (GBC), established in January 2021 to advocate for and accelerate positive change in mental health in workplaces around the world. Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen signed the GBC pledge on behalf of Deloitte and Deloitte hosted an affiliate session on reducing stigma on mental health in the workplace at the 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Since 2020, Deloitte has published a paper each year on the mental health findings of the annual Deloitte Global Gen Z and Millennial Survey. These papers provide insight for employers on the importance of mental health when it comes to these generations, along with practical actions to help foster better mental health at work. The 2020 paper provided critical insight into the views of these generations during the pandemic, while research conducted for the 2021 report yielded additional findings that were published in May 2021. Finally, the 2022 paper highlighted issues such as burnout and its impact on millennials and Gen Zs.