Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are offered by many employers of large companies to serve employees by addressing problems that are affecting their productivity and job performance. EAPs offer counseling, recommendations and confidential assessments to employees and their families who are experiencing problems in their lives with which they can’t cope alone. These problems may be personal or work related, but when they affect the person’s ability to communicate and carry out their responsibility in the workplace, a supervisor may refer him or her to participate in EAPs.
EAP services are growing and they are more successful than ever. Employers are discovering there is no longer the stigma about mental health disorders that previous generations of workers had. The new generation brings with them an openness to view mental health facilities as a means of improving themselves, their relationships at work and at home and increasing their chances of promotion.
Studies show that approximately 20 percent of employees are troubled by mental and emotional problems or substance abuse by either themselves or someone in their family. Employees who are continuously under the stress of dealing with these problems are less productive and absent more frequently than healthy workers. The loss in productivity can cost a company millions of dollars every year.
How EAPs can help
Employers recognize that it is to their advantage, as well as the employees’ families and communities, to invest in EAP services. By offering EAP, early detection and intervention is possible and allows for a reduction in the cost of mental health treatment and any other treatment that may be required. In the end, problems can be prevented and employers can maintain a high morale and productivity rate among employees. Having healthy workers will result in an overall increase in productivity and profits.
You might just have a small problem, but on your own, it feels impossible to deal with and eats away at your ability to concentrate. EAPs are like a hand reaching out to you. The programs they have available will give you the extra confidence and strength you need to handle your problem. Here is a look at some of the different issues for which EAPs provide support or a referral:
• Major events in life, such as birth, divorce, death or an accident
• Addiction to drugs and alcohol
• Worrying about a family member abusing drugs or alcohol
• Chronic illness
• Mental and emotional health
• Work-related stress due to pressure or abuse
• Work-related injury
• Family and relationship-related stress
• Concerns about childcare and caring for aging parents
• Financial concerns
• Legal concerns
• Special needs, such as for veterans
I would love the opportunity to work closely with you while handling all your direct needs. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, as I am eager to assist you.
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