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Mental health benefits are becoming America's most competitive office perk in the age of coronavirus

Mental health benefits are becoming America's most competitive office perk in the age of coronavirus
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Mental health benefits are becoming America's most competitive office perk in the age of coronavirus
Samantha Lee/Business Insider



The novel coronavirus pandemic may drive companies to invest more heavily in mental health benefits.




Some companies, like Starbucks and PwC, have already updated their benefits in response to the virus.




Companies that provide mental health tools for individuals and workers have seen an uptick in the number of people requesting services.




Younger generations, like millennials and Gen Zers, are driving the push for more mental health care at work.




This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.




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Michael Fenlon, the chief people officer at professional services firm PwC, meets daily with the company's well-being team to discuss how employees are coping during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Before the outbreak, the team met weekly.
Fenlon is in charge of making sure the firm's 55,000 US employees have the resources they need to cope with the crisis, which has forced thousands of Americans into social isolation and quarantine.
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