A Conversation about Connection


Digital mental health tools have been growing in popularity, particularly as organizations navigate remote work arrangements and other factors that have kept employees apart. While many of these tools deliver mental health resources, a notable gap exists when it comes to addressing increasing risks of social isolation and loneliness. Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, and Shandy McLean, Vice President of Arete, had a conversation with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans for their Summer 2021 issue of Plans & Trusts magazine around how organizations can use tools like apps to help employees build those connections and better address their mental health needs.


Reproduced with permission from Plans & Trusts, Volume 39 Number 4, pages 30-31, July/August 2021, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (www.ifebp.org), Brookfield, Wisconsin. All rights reserved. Statements or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the International Foundation, its officers, directors or staff. No further transmission or electronic distribution of this material is permitted.

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