International SOS – Thinking Beyond Psychosocial Assessments: Designing a mental health and wellness program that works

LONDON, May 25, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International SOS, the world’s leading health and safety services company, delivered an engaging workshop at the recently concluded EHS Congress in Berlin. With more than 250 participating organizations, the EHS Congress brought together environmental, health and safety professionals to exchange knowledge, share best practices and explore innovative solutions. The workshop, held on May 24, provided organizations with a deeper understanding of the critical components of an effective and sustainable mental health and wellness program. And it also encouraged participants to think beyond psychosocial assessments.

During the workshop, international SOS experts discussed how workplace psychosocial assessments are a crucial tool in understanding organizational psychological factors. However, they inherently lack the breadth necessary for a comprehensive evaluation of employee mental health and well-being. These assessments often miss important components such as workplace policies, which have a major impact on the mental health landscape through factors such as workload, work-life balance, and job security.

In addition, attendees learned how psychosocial assessments typically fail to account for physical health problems, even though they can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental well-being. Participants were also introduced to the Happy at Work Wellbeing Equation1, a guideline for organizations to build a healthy work culture. This directive encourages employers to focus on two important aspects. First, to understand the working conditions in their workplace and improve the resources and workplace elements that enable their workforce to thrive. Second, to reduce the aspects of the job that act as stressors, such as unmanageable workload and work pace.

Joanna Nader, Senior Health Consultant, EMEA at International SOS, comments: “We are delighted with the success of our workshop at this year’s EHS Congress. By focusing on mental health and wellness strategies for their diverse workforce, we enable organizations to create environments that prioritize the mental health and well-being of their employees. The involvement of the participants was truly inspiring and we are confident that the knowledge shared will have a lasting impact on their organization and their people.”

Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Global Health Advisor at International SOS comments: “It was a privilege to co-facilitate the workshop and connect with professionals who are committed to improving mental health and well-being within their organizations. in today’s rapidly evolving world the importance of health, safety and well-being has reached unparalleled levels Relying solely on psychosocial assessments can give employers an incomplete picture of their employees’ mental health needs, potentially hindering them in developing effective, holistic interventions. We hope our attendees left with a wealth of knowledge and insights that they can immediately put into practice in their own workplace.”

International SOS supports organizations’ mental health and wellness agenda with tailored and phased solutions. These include mental health and well-being assessments, educational awareness and training sessions, as well as access to international SOS Global Health Advisors.

Learn more: International SOS support for mental health and wellness


About the international SOS group of companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is dedicated to saving lives and protecting your global workforce from health and safety threats. Wherever you are, we deliver tailored health, safety risk management and wellness solutions to drive your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response that gives you peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical and security expertise focus on prevention, providing real-time, actionable insights and quality delivery on the ground. We help protect your people and your organization’s reputation, as well as support your compliance reporting needs. By working with us, organizations can fulfill their duty of care while strengthening the company’s resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Founded in 1985, with headquarters in London and Singapore, the International SOS Group is trusted by more than 9,000 organizations, including the majority of the Fortune 500, as well as mid-market companies, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 13,000 multicultural medical, safety and logistics experts are available 24/7, 365 days to provide support and assistance from more than 1,200 locations in 90 countries.

To protect your staff, we are at your fingertips:

1, The Wellbeing Equation, International SOS Risk Outlook Report 2023

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International SOS – Thinking Beyond Psychosocial Assessments: Designing a mental health and wellness program that works

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