Paradigm for Parity Member Companies Prioritizing Mental Health

Over the past year, what are some policies Signet Jewelers has implemented prioritizing mental health and wellness?

There are two categories of new policies and programs implemented over the last year: A new LifeWorks Total Wellbeing Solution program with enhanced services for all full/part-time team members and their families in North America, and our organization’s broader commitments to mental health and wellness, including financial wellness (which our team members tell us is of equal importance), via procedure changes and enhancements.

What are some practices you use personally to prioritize your mental health?

I strive to find a balance of exercise, eating healthy, and managing work stress to best keep my mental health in check. Personally, I walk three miles every morning before I start my workday and as soon as my workday is over, I walk another two miles around my neighborhood. My husband walks with me and this gives us the opportunity to discuss our plans for the day, and at the end of the day talk about successes and challenges — without the interruption/distraction of mobile devices. I also strive to eat a healthy breakfast, a fresh salad for lunch every day, and home cooking for dinner. Cooking is also very relaxing and therapeutic in its own way for me.

What steps has Signet taken specifically to lift multicultural women and address the mental health of multicultural employees?

Because Signet is an organization where 48% of our team members have self-declared as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Color, and 75% as female, it’s of particular importance to focus on these majority groups within Signet.

Over the past year, what are some policies Edison has implemented prioritizing mental health and wellness?

Edison does not have any official company policies prioritizing mental health and wellness; however, we do have an abundance of mental wellness programs available for employees. We recently launched and communicated a Shine a Light Initiative to all employees which encompass two dedicated intranet portal pages on mental wellness and substance use resources, and an inclusive Shine a Light Yammer community. As part of this initiative, the Benefits and Wellness team launched quarterly Mental Health Training to help employees learn how to notice, engage, and support a loved one, friend, or coworker that may be struggling with a mental health condition. Edison also offers a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which includes mental health counseling benefits and WorkLife Services. In addition, our Wellness team offers mental health and wellness resources such as our Stress Management Toolkit, weekly guided meditations, daily virtual yoga and group exercise classes, wellness challenges, a robust Wellness Ambassador Program, wellness presentations and much more.

What are some practices you use personally to prioritize your mental health?

I practice meditation and I like to go out for walks. I also have my furry friends to help. When possible, I participate in charity events. Doing different activities helps in achieving balance and having a fresh mind for my workday.

What steps is your company taking specifically to lift multicultural women and address the mental health of multicultural employees?

On Edison’s Shine a Light on Mental Wellness portal page, there is a dedicated section named “Identity and Cultural Dimensions.” In this section, we provide mental health resources for the following groups: Asian American Pacific Islander, Black and African American, Indigenous People, Latinx, LGBTQI+, and People with Disabilities. In partnership with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and our Business Resource Groups, we continue to promote mental health and wellness resources for various cultural groups through different avenues of communication.

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The Paradigm for Parity® movement is a coalition of business leaders dedicated to addressing the leadership gender gap in corporate America.