On the Quest for Workplace Well Being? Why Adding an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Makes Sense

Nov 28 | 2017

Is a personal problem impacting your ability to function at work? Are you up at night worrying about your financial stability? Are you concerned you could be suffering from depression? You are not alone.

Personal or work-related issues can impact your productivity and mental well being. When you worry about those issues, you are not putting your best self forward. Every year, thousands of Canadians take time off work to deal with these personal challenges. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a resource in place to help them cope?

While a benefits plan may seem like the last place to turn to in situations like these, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is the perfect product for just this scenario.

What is an EAP?

EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program. EAPs are also commonly referred to as MAP (which stands for Member Assistance Program).

EAPs provide employees with support while they are working through life’s challenges. These challenges don’t always have to be related to their work: stress related to financial difficulties, eldercare issues, nutritional counselling, and much more, all impact productivity. Luckily, your EAP provides counselling in those areas.

How does an Employee Assistance Program help?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a self-referral service providing a pre-set number of hours of professional counselling to insured employees and their eligible family members.

EAPs are a safe space to turn to for guidance in any of these situations. They provide:

  1. Immediate Help

    In situations (like this one), your EAP can connect you with practical support and professional guidance. Whether you are looking to speak with a nurse, counsellor or a lawyer, your EAP provider connects with one of these professionals.

    An EAP is not a replacement for emergency services. In the event of a crisis, please call 911 or your nearest emergency centre.

  2. Confidentiality

    Respect for your personal privacy is of the utmost importance. As a member of an EAP plan, your EAP provider cannot divulge specific information about the nature of your counselling services to your employer.

  3. Ongoing Support

    Your EAP plan covers you for a number of hours in counselling. Depending on the plan you are on, these hours can extend to family members who are also suffering. Be sure to check your benefits booklet to get a sense of what you are covered for.

    For employers, EAPs are also a great method of absence management. With a focus on prevention through the supportive and informative nature of an EAP, employees can get the help they need earlier, reducing the risks of taking extended leaves of absence.

Why is an Employee Assistance Program important?

Employees are a company’s most valuable resource! Everybody wins when employees show up to work and are happy, healthy, and engaged. An Employee Assistance Program provides assistance and support for issues inside or outside of work has been shown to diminish absenteeism, boost employee morale and improve employee performance.

So, what are you waiting for? Add an Employee Assistance Program to your plan today!

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