Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are employee benefit programs offered by many employers. EAP services are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being. This generally includes short-term counseling and referral services for employees and their household members.
- 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
As an employer who needs to be alert to your employees’ well-being, you have become aware of how the lives of your employees can impact the workflow and morale within your company.
Those employees and managers whose lives are undergoing stress or difficulties due to chemical dependencies, marital or family issues, ongoing illness, and even a loved one’s passing, will often show signs of their needs for support groups and counseling. As a caring and responsible employer, your decision to have an EAP is a proactive step toward increasing employee satisfaction and increased productivity.