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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Workforce Vibe Tackles Mental Health at Work

February 18, 2022
Media Contact: Katherine Trombetta
417-880-6306 or
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Workforce Vibe Tackles Mental Health at Work

The City’s Department of Workforce Development has released it’s latest episode of Workforce Vibe by tackling the issue of mental health at work. Sally Payne, Workforce Development Director for the City of Springfield, talked with CoxHealth Psychologist Dr. Curtis Mattson about how companies should encourage mental wellbeing.

“As we begin to come out of the pandemic we need to stop and look at the mental toll the last two years have taken on the workforce as a whole,” said Sally Payne, Springfield’s Director of Workforce Development. “Encouraging companies to make even small investments in the mental health of their employees can reap big rewards and help with talent retention,” she added.

“It’s important to acknowledge what makes you feel fulfilled in your line of work,” said Dr. Mattson. If you have a sense of fulfillment at work it helps you stay mentally well, he added. But Mattson warns that the full effects of the pandemic may not be seen for months or years. “Often times its only after a traumatic event has occurred that the effects of that trauma are seen. That’s why it’s important for companies to respond with grace,” he added.

Mental health is health and we don’t realize how those two things are intricately tied together. How well you feel mentally is directly tied to how well you feel physically, said Mattson. 

To listen to the full conversation you can access Workforce Vibe on most major podcast platforms including Apple iTunes and Spotify. You may also listen to all Workforce Vibe episodes on under the podcasts section.

 For media requests, contact Katherine Trombetta at 417-880-6306 or [email protected].




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