Why your company should have an Employee Assistance Programme?
Employee Assistance Programmes are designed to improve the productivity of your employees. When an employee is dealing with personal issues such as mental illness, family problems or substance abuse, to name a few, the result is often a drop in productivity at work. EAP’s provide the company with prevention techniques, assessment protocols and health management services. This means that while helping your employee deal with all of life’s little ups and downs and we all know these are unavoidable, you are also ensuring effective company growth and development.
Reduce Company Cost
When an employee is suffering personally it is likely their work will suffer too. The bottom line is when this occurs the company incurs financial losses.
Employee Assistance Programmes are designed to reduce the impact that social, psychological or physical problems have on the employee in order to reduce the financial impact on the company.
Third Party Assistance
EAP’s are third party agencies that specialize in connecting employees with appropriate services according to their needs. EAPs work with the company to provide employees with the best possible health, safety and training services.
They assess individual employee needs, refer employees to suitable services and provide employees and their families with confidential access to professional health services. Essentially an EAP agency can manage the over all health and safety of your employees so that you can get on with business.
Increased Morale and Work Place Harmony
Human resource are the most invaluable of all resources so it makes sense that as an employer you need to look after your employees. A happy and healthy employee is a productive and effective one. EAP’s ensure that your employees are well taken of as individuals so that they can perform as part of your team. An EAP provides prevention and management services that ensure employees are happy and healthy. An EAP is highly conducive to a harmonious work place. The added advantage here is that the employees know that the company supports them therefore they feel a connection to the work they are doing and are more committed to the achieving desirable results.
Absenteeism costs the company money. Frequent absenteeism can be devastating to business. EAP’s reduce the amount of time employee’s take of work. These programmes aim to provide a range of prevention and treatment options for employees and their families. In the event that time off work is required the amount of time is greatly reduced and the employee is able to return to work with renewed strength.
A high turnover of employees can be costly for any company. EAP’s effectively reduce the turnover of employees by managing work related and personal stress. EAP’s improve the working environment in terms of moral and company support ensuring employees are well looked after and less likely to leave their jobs.
Reduced accidents at work
It is easy to see how accidents can happen at work when you’re stressed.
A person suffering from stress-related symptoms will often experience difficulty with concentration, mental focus and physical function. This can be a dangerous combination in any working environment. An EAP is equipped to prevent this from occurring or at least prevent it from reoccurring. EAP’s look after the mental health and ability of your employees ensuring that they are able to function at the required level.
Resolution of work related problems
External stress often results in a reduction in work place performance. Problems within the working environment lead to absenteeism, high turnover and low morale. EAPs look after the physiological health of employees developing strategies for coping with external stress as well as work related stress. An EAP will help employees develop the skills they need to cope with all types of work related stress. In turn this reduces the impact of work related stress as there is a quick resolution.
EAP’s connect troubled employees to professional services. The great thing about an EAP is that they are able to connect employees directly with these services and the first appointment will usually occur within a few days. This means that your employees are getting the help they need quickly, dealing with and averting crisis situations.
Improved Work Performance
Companies employing the services of a professional EAP have not only experienced increases in productivity but also in quality of work. Work performance is greatly affected by stress and personal problems often escalate into work problems. An EAP manages these problems and ensures employee issues are quickly resolved. This means fewer mistakes at work, high quality output and an overall increase in the work place performance.
Employees who are experiencing emotional difficulties can be referred by phoning our contact number or by email. Site visits can be arranged and an assessment session provided to determine the best course of action. This can be offered to an individual employee or a group debriefing session can be offered in the event of a traumatic event or serious crisis involving more then one employee or group member. Senior management or key employees wishing to ensure maximum confidentiality can be seen at my counselling centre at Inch Island and in the case of disability home visits can be arranged.
Some of the issues presenting in counseling which have affected employees include:
- Work related Stress
- Relationship and marital breakdown
- Health issues
- Work accidents
In addition to individual therapeutic work, group workshops are also available and can be tailored to organizational needs, some of the courses listed below include:
- Stress Awareness Session – Healthier Living
- Alcohol and Addiction – Self Assessment and Self Care
- Anger Management
- Dealing With Difficult People
- An Introduction to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
- De-stressing techniques using self Hypnosis
- Critical Incident Debriefing ( Followed by individual assessment and referral for those directly affected)
In addition to the above, a referral system is in place for ongoing referral to other statutory and voluntary support agencies for continuing support if required.
For further information on EAP services please contact Alex Bradley at 07779613417or ROI 02871368464. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org