Following the impacts of the pandemic the U.S. Surgeon General released a report that highlights the critical connection between corporate work environments and employee mental health. The report included a call to action for companies to amplify their work in protecting employees from harm, fostering community and connection all while supporting meaningful work. This guide provides an overview of the research from the surgeon general, the World Health Organization, SHRM and other sources on the business impacts of toxic vs. healthy work environments, then dives into tactical strategies for companies to implement the essentials for improving workplace mental health & well-being.

The content was curated and produced by the EVERFI from Blackbaud Workplace Culture Network and the YourCause from Blackbaud team to provide a comprehensive guide for implementing initiatives that meet the surgeon general’s call to action.


  • Introduction
  • Tackling Issues of Workplace Mental Health and Well-being
  • The Business Impacts of Toxic vs. Healthy Work Environments
  • Protecting Employees from Harm
  • Building Connection, Community and Belonging
  • Resources

About EVERFI, a Blackbaud, Inc. company

EVERFI provides online HR and workplace compliance training that drives change and is easy to use — backed by compliance expertise. EVERFI’s Workplace Culture Network brings together 1,200+ corporations committed to addressing the most challenging workplace compliance and culture issues in innovative ways. At EVERFI, we take a prevention-focused approach to workplace training, blending elements of compliance with culture-based training to promote a healthy workplace.

About YourCause, a Blackbaud, Inc. company

At YourCause we have been helping companies support employee engagement initiatives that connect to corporate purpose and drive meaningful change towards critical social issues since 2007. We support over 500 organizations from Fortune 500 companies to small and medium sized business to drive employee engagement in giving, volunteering, DEI programs and more. Our clients in the Global Good Network™ engage employees from 116 countries with opportunities to drive social impact. The tips, best practices and resources are curated by our team of experts that help companies maximize the use of the YourCause platform, launch new programs + grow and scale.