Dr. Nahida Nayaz Ahmed, Chair of Behavioural Health Council – SEHA, takes the 5% pledge.
With just 5% of your time, we can help senior leaders and managers improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.
I’m taking a 15% pledge. Dedicating time to my people is important. If I can’t give their mental health 15% of the time, I don’t think I’m doing the job.
While organizations and teams within organizations have different needs and dynamics, these 5 action items can help you get started now.
Announce your commitment
Start assessing the needs of your organization
Listen to team leaders and employees to understand their needs
Plan and implement a strategy that drives actionable changes
Track your journey and share your story
After taking the pledge, you'll be able to access the following:
A Health and Risk Assessment (HRA)
A 5-day burnout program by LVL Wellbeing
Mental health check-ups for employees by German Neuroscience Centre (GNC)
Webinar and whitepaper that addresses the unique needs of employers
Employees are a company’s most important asset. Taking the pledge lets them know you care about their personal happiness and professional satisfaction.
Companies prioritizing mental health are seen as more caring and attractive to potential employees.
Through Cigna Healthcare, you’ll be able to access cutting-edge tools and resources through our mental health and wellness partners – LVL Wellbeing, German Neuroscience Centre, and more
Creating a more supportive and positive work environment – for all – reinforces your commitment to DEI.
In recent years, we’ve increased our focus and commitment to mental health. We are ready and eager to support both employers and employees.
We are thrilled to receive the Mentl Award 2023 for Outstanding Contribution in Healthcare to Mental Health.
The launch of the 5% Pledge campaign played a pivotal role in inspiring leaders to dedicate 5% of their time to mental health support. We empower them with the necessary tools and resources to foster an environment that prioritizes mental well-being.
Explore the answers to common questions about the 5% Pledge.
Cigna Healthcare has long recognised the importance of mental health at work – that’s why mental health support is a core pillar of our Whole Health vision – but in recent years our Global 360 Well-being surveys have shown that stress, burnout and issues with work/life balance have been on the rise within the workforce. By taking the 5% Pledge, you’re committing to building a positive and supportive workplace, one where it's okay not to be okay.
We recommend an executive leader should take the 5% Pledge to highlight the importance of mental health and well-being in the workplace and to highlight the value the business places on employee mental health. The conversation about mental health in the workplace can then begin. The intention is that the communication starts at the top and expands throughout the business involving everyone, at all levels.
Taking the Pledge couldn’t be easier – simply fill out the very brief form that can be found on this page, it’ll only take a minute.
There are many ways to demonstrate support:
Taking the 5% Pledge will mean you are joining other senior leaders by dedicating 5% of your annual working hours towards improving mental health in the workplace support.
The first step in erasing stigma around mental health in the workplace is opening the dialogue with your colleagues. We recommend having an executive leader sign the Pledge to demonstrate the importance of this issue. As you start the conversation in your workplace, you might like to connect with your HR leaders to understand what benefits and support your company currently provides for employees and where there might be gaps.
By signing the 5% Pledge you will redefine your relationship with your employees and help shape the future of mental health at work.
The outcomes will vary from business to business, however organisations may benefit by seeing an improvement in attendance and reduced presenteeism and even a higher uptake in working benefits such as holidays and reward schemes. Your participation could help with attraction and retention of staff and boost employee engagement. It could also enhance your reputation as an employer and help to fulfil your duty of care as an employer. In addition, you will have the opportunity of working alongside other senior leaders who face similar issues in the workplace to share best practices to help create safe and supportive working environments. Read this article to learn more: 5 Benefits of the 5% Pledge
Absolutely! Everyone within an organisation has a responsibility towards creating a culture that positively impacts mental and physical health. We suggest that you start with a small group of people representing your c-suite and an HR representative to begin with, and then other individuals can join the movement. A joint mindset towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental health is preferable to just one department trying to make a difference.
For a person working 42 hours per week, when they take the 5% Pledge they’d be committing to allocating 2 hours per week, or one day per month, to understanding and supporting mental health in the workplace.