Employee assistance programs (EAPs) are designed to help your employees overcome these difficult situations so that they can become happier and more productive individuals. So, what exactly is an employee assistance program and do they really work? Let's find out.
Employee Assistance Programs
Employee assistance programs are voluntary programs designed to intervene and assist employees when they are going through particularly tough situations. Situations such as marital issues, financial troubles, emotional problems, and substance abuse.
These programs can be as deep or as shallow as you want them to, making them a good choice for businesses with a limited budget who need to be able to scale their programs appropriately. They are also especially helpful for small business who suffer greatly when there are even minor drops in productivity.
One example of an EAP would be an open line of communication with a professional counselor for employees dealing with emotional distress. Cheap, easy to implement, but extremely valuable to employees going through tough situations.
Work facilitated substance abuse programs, emotional support groups, grief counseling, and legal assistance would also fall under the umbrella of employee assistance programs. As you can see the definition of an EAP is very flexible, and this flexibility is one of their greatest assets.
Keep It Confidential
One of the most important components of an EAP is confidentiality. Oftentimes these programs deal with extremely personal and sensitive issues. If you want employees o make use of your EAPs then you need to make sure that you keep things private and voluntary so no one feels personally attacked or exposed.
Having a workplace full of people who know each other's secrets is a recipe for disaster, and will not exactly lead to a more productive environment. The upshot is that when implemented correctly EAPs can lead to happier, healthier and more engaged employees.
What's The Bottom Line On EAPs?
Now that you know what they are, you're probably wondering if they are really all that effective. Do employees even want their workplace involved in their personal affairs? It's true that not all employees would appreciate this, and that's why they are always voluntary programs. For those employees who do desire a helping hand, EAPs can be a lifesaver.
You've certainly heard of the effects stress can have on job performance, so any program, no matter how small, dedicated to reducing stress can have significant positive impacts on your business.
And again, as we mentioned earlier, EAPs can be extremely affordable, and you can easily scale them up or down to your needs. The bottom line is that employee assistance programs are a low-cost, low-maintenance way for you tackle stress in the workplace while also differentiating yourself from other employers.
At Summerlin-Roberts we know there's no one-size-fits-all solution to employee benefits and strive to provide you with unique, flexible, and affordable benefits options such as employee purchasing programs. Please contact us today to learn more about how you can add employee assistance program to your benefits package.