Has your organization been proactive or reactive of mental wellness? I was recently tasked with answering this question in a group discussion during a virtual human resources conference. Our group had mixed feelings on whether our organization’s response over the last 14 months would be considered proactive or reactive.

Considering many of our duties and responsibilities in the human resources field dramatically changed during the pandemic, like many other fields, the answer is reactive, unfortunately. We went from enforcing policy, developing professionals, and managing legal mind-fields to COVID safety officers, wellness specialists, and crazy-train conductors. The assignments I was excited to work on in 2020 were set aside while the focus of the organization went to how to stay afloat.

Gina Nobile is the director of Human Resources at the Children’s Aid Society.

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