At Alight, we’re deeply committed to erasing the stigma around mental health and providing holistic wellbeing support that ‘cares for the whole person’ across the pillars of healthy mind, body, wallet and life. Through our Alight Worklife platform, colleagues have access to a wealth of Healthy Mind resources, as well as to counseling and work/life services through our Employee Assistance Program. In the U.S., employee caregivers are invited to take advantage of support and resources through our partner, Cariloop, as they provide care to their loved ones, whether that be young children, aging relatives or treasured friends. Recently, we granted all 16,000 global colleagues access to Calm, the #1 app for improving wellbeing by promoting better sleep, reducing stress and anxiety and developing mindfulness. Each employee is encouraged to share this benefit with those close to them, as we believe that while one in five colleagues may struggle with mental health issues, the other four are family and friends.
We also know that caring for the ‘healthy minds’ of our colleagues requires more than just a mental health program. For example, working with the Alight’s Women Professional Network – one of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – we recognized the impact the stigma of menopause was having on the mental wellbeing of many of our colleagues. Partnering closely with ERG leaders, we created a simple support policy to destigmatize this natural phase of life. Similarly, we know the stress of waiting for payday can impact a colleague’s mental wellbeing when they run into an unexpected expense. Whether they need to ‘cash out’ early to cover an unexpected vehicle repair or pay rent that may be due before our standard payroll cycle, Alight Digital Wallet can help alleviate their financial and mental pressure by providing the opportunity to get paid 365 days a year.