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The last two years have been a tumultuous roller coaster as the world came to grips (and still continues to deal) with a global pandemic, racial injustices and political divide. In response, 2020 was the year companies began to put more focus on diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging (DEIB) programs and mental health support. While late, nevertheless it was good to see organizations held accountable for walking the walk on diversity and mental health. We are also starting to see greater awareness of how DEIB and mental health intersect — they are not mutually exclusive. You can’t talk about one without the other.

While we’ve seen even more progress in 2021 — for example, a vast majority of c-suite executives (88%) and HR leaders (86%) think they're doing a good job when it comes to mental health — 2022 will be the year companies need to address new and existing challenges they’ve brushed to the side to make sure they are supporting the wellbeing of their employees.

Here are the next obstacles they’ll need to overcome: