Sometimes life can be complicated; so complicated, in fact, that you need some help from people who deal with similar challenges every day. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps employees deal with personal problems that could have a negative impact on their work performance or health.
As part of the EAP, employees and members of their household will have access to counselors for assessment, support and referrals to additional resources, such as a limited number of EAP-paid counseling sessions.
Examples of issues an EAP can assist with include:
- Substance abuse
- Emotional distress
- Major life events, including births, accidents and deaths
- Health care concerns
- Financial or non-work-related legal concerns
- Family/personal relationship issues
- Work relationship issues
- Concerns about aging parents
For employees requiring the services of an EAP, the experience can be invaluable. Participation is voluntary and an off-site office allows for confidentiality. As a benefit to employers, some studies indicate that offering EAPs may result in lower medical costs, reduced turnover and absenteeism and higher employee productivity. What are you waiting for? Let’s Do This!