In today’s Forth Worth Star Telegram, clinical assistant professor Cossy Hough discusses the new roles that social workers are playing in corporate America, from being counselors in employee assistant programs to connecting clients to resources to helping with problematic dynamics such as workplace harassment.

Hough argues that corporations need social workers because of recent trends, including consumers’ expectations that companies contribute to the greater good in society and their employees’ lives, and a movement towards more horizontal management and integration, which requires members of a company at all levels to work towards a common purpose.

“Communication and human connection are essential for success in this horizontal environment,” Hough said. “As corporations adapt to these new developments, I believe they will actively seek out professional social workers, much as the healthcare system has done.”

Read the editorial here.