Chipotle To Offer Mental Health Benefits To All Employees

By Desiree Bowie 11/12/19

Chipotle employees and their family members will be able to meet with a licensed counselor via phone, online or in-person.

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Chipotle recently announced its newly expanded 2020 employee assistance program. The company which has around 80,000 employees, will be expanding its 2020 employee asistance program to include mental health support, financial wellness and discounted gym memberships.

Employees and their family members will have access to the programs even if they don't have health insurance through the company. 

"This is just the beginning of how we're strategically investing in the well-being of our employees and their families," said Chipotle's Chief People Officer Marissa Andrada in a statement.  "Our vision for people is to create a culture where employees can thrive and pursue their passion and by extending access to all levels and enriching our Employee Assistance Program, we are ensuring that our employees can build mental fitness and bring their best selves to work every day." 

Chipotle employees and their family members will be able to meet with a licensed counselor via phone, online or in-person.

Starbucks To Offer Headspace

Coffee giant Starbucks made headlines in September when CEO Kevin Johnson announced that the company would be putting the spotlight on mental health.

"The more thoughtful we are about creating a range of benefits that matter to our partners — that helps us attract new partners," Johnson told CNN Business. "Over this past year, one of the things that partners have highlighted is the need for increased focus on mental health."

The company's current employee asistance program offers short-term mental health assistance. By January, the company plans to offer employees' subscriptions to Headspace, an app that teaches users how to meditate. 

More Needs To Be Done

While these efforts are a step in the right direction, they are merely a drop in the bucket for fast food workers who are put in a high-stress situation for mininum pay. Inadequate staffing, and unrealistic drive thru times add to the mental health strain felt by these workers. 

A study from Mental Health America found that out of 17,000 employees, the food service industry ranks among the top 3 unhealthiest workplaces along with retail and manufacturing.

A report by SAMHSA found that food service workers have high rates of subsatnce abuse and heavy drinking as a result of their high-stress jobs.

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie