AlabamaWorks! and Alabama Workforce Council Launch Survey on Workplace Behavioral Health

Published 1:24 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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AlabamaWorks! and the Alabama Workforce Council (AWC) have partnered with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the University of Alabama and the Vital Initiative to conduct a statewide survey on workplace health. Vital is a research, implementation and training initiative working towards improving the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Alabama.

Alabama needs your help to understand and improve workplace health. The survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, will provide the Alabama Workforce Council with valuable information regarding issues and trends on behavioral health and the workforce development system across all industries.

The official survey is available here:

“Our state’s labor force is the cornerstone of workforce development efforts, and this survey will help promote a healthier workplace and workforce that will continue to drive our 21st century economy”, said AWC Chairman Tim McCartney.

The State of Alabama is working to strengthen its capacity to help Alabamians live better and healthier lives, while also mitigating the economic costs associated with mental and substance use disorders that total over $1 trillion per year in lost productivity to the global economy.

Mental illness and substance use disorders are well-established drivers of disability, mortality and healthcare costs for employers. On average, Americans who work fulltime spend more than one-third of their day, 5 days a week, at their workplace. Workplace programs that promote and protect health, reduce safety risks and help prevent disease could reach more than 157 million US workers. A healthier workforce can mean lower direct costs, such as insurance premiums and workers’ compensation claims, and lower indirect costs if workers miss less work because of illness.

The results of the survey will be used to inform public policy decisions on workplace health promotion and help employers build effective, science-based workplace health programs for their employees.

Employers of all sizes and from each industry sector are highly encouraged to respond to the survey as responses are critical for the future of workforce in Alabama. Responses will be accepted from 10:30am July 27, 2020 through 5:00pm on August 31, 2020.