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Raj Ramanandi Mar 1, 2024 11:38:57 AM 2 min read

The evolution of mental health at work & how new legislation will underpin aspects of it

Not long ago, mental health was often relegated to the shadows, considered a relatively obscure concern. However, a growing understanding of its profound impact on individual well-being and business outcomes has propelled it to the forefront of corporate consciousness.

The journey began with acknowledging mental health as a genuine concern for employees. As awareness expanded, so did the recognition that a healthy workforce correlated with increased productivity, engagement, and overall business success. This shift marked a pivotal moment when corporations started viewing mental health not just as a humanitarian issue but as an integral component linked directly to their bottom line.

Enterprises began realising the need to offer concrete support and services to address mental health challenges among their workforce. This realisation, coupled with a growing societal movement to destigmatise mental health discussions, set the stage for the emergence of dedicated solutions.

In this landscape, platforms like played a crucial role. By providing accessible and effective mental health solutions, has become a cornerstone in the journey toward fostering employee well-being. Corporations, recognising the tangible benefits of such platforms, have started to actively seek and allocate budgetary resources for mental health initiatives.

What was once an obscure concern has evolved into a business imperative. The commitment to mental health is no longer just a corporate responsibility; it's a strategic investment in the most valuable asset—our people.

Much like mental health, the concept of engaging employees was once a somewhat peripheral concern, with organisations focusing primarily on productivity and efficiency. However, as societal movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter gained prominence, they thrust into the mainstream the urgent need for more than just engagement – they underscored the necessity of empowering employees to speak up about their genuine experiences, even those that are harder to share and, at times, harder to hear.

This shift has prompted companies to recognise that true empowerment involves freeing employees to express their authentic selves and voice concerns about workplace issues that may have been overlooked in the past. These might include challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as exemplified by the experiences shared in the wake of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.

While some organisations initially responded to these societal shifts by sourcing meagre budgets for DEI initiatives, the landscape is rapidly evolving. The imperative for companies to take these matters seriously has been heightened by new regulations and legislation, compelling them not only to respond but to proactively prevent harassment, discrimination, and inequity within their ranks.

In this transformative journey, platforms like play a pivotal role, akin to in the mental health sphere. offers a structured and safe environment for employees to share their experiences, fostering open communication and creating a culture where difficult conversations are not just tolerated but encouraged. By leveraging the power of technology, aids companies in making substantial changes that improve employee well-being, enhance the overall work experience, and, critically, comply with the regulatory framework that now makes it imperative to address and prevent workplace harassment.

The next frontier in the workplace is undeniably about moving beyond mere engagement to empower employees to speak up and effect positive change. In this journey, stands as a strategic partner, facilitating the transition towards a workplace culture that not only values diversity, inclusion and fair treatment but actively works towards making them integral components of organisational DNA.

Raj Ramanandi

Raj is Co-CEO and Founder of InChorus Group