Sarnia Employee Assistance Programs
Let's face it, LIFE HAPPENS!... and when it does, how do you get back on our feet?
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps both Employers and Employees.
Employees in Sarnia deal with work-life stressors, family issues, financial concerns, relationship problems, and even drug or legal concerns. An EAP is available to both employees and their families to help workers remain productive at work.
It also helps employers because it makes for happier employees. Employees have a confidential place to go with their personal problems. It also helps employees deal with stressors — from drug abuse to legal problems — so they don’t carry over into the workplace.
How Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) Work
An EAP provides outside counselors, resources, and referrals to assist employees and their family members. Any employee assistance benefits received by employees or family members remain confidential. So while the employer pays for the service, they have no insight into an employee’s specific use of the service.
Normally, what happens when you offer an EAP is that an employee under stress can call a phone number to get immediate help from a professional counselor on topics like:
- Workplace personality conflicts – advice and suggestions on how to work with a difficult manager or co-workers.
- Drug addiction – advice on how to deal with the employee’s addiction, or how to deal with a family member’s addiction, including teen drug use prevention.
- Mental health issues – depression, anxiety, anger management or other needs an employee or their family members may be dealing with.
- Health and caregiving issues – how best to manage return to work issues after a worker’s comp claim, or how to manage a disability or medical issue at work, or how to obtain help for an ill or elderly loved one.
- Legal and family advice – marriage counseling, divorce, or child custody issues.
- Financial counseling – how to avoid bankruptcy, or how to pay down credit card debt, or create a budget.
- Grief assistance – Support for employees who have lost a loved one as well as for employees experiencing the loss of a co-worker, or a significant event such as a shooting at work.
Is there value to the employer in offering an EAP?
EASNA, which is the trade organization for EAPs, suggests that for every dollar employers spend on an EAP, the ROI is $3, making an EAP a sound investment for all size businesses.
Many employers realize that personal issues can seep into and negatively impact someone’s productivity at work. In fact, EASNA reports that 1 in 4 adults have an untreated mental disorder, while 1 in 8 may have an addiction problem.
Offering an EAP proactively can prevent these issues from affecting employee productivity and reduce turnover, which costs businesses thousands of dollars every year.
To read more about the value of an EAP, read this report:The Value of EAPs PDF
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