Employee Assistance Programs allow employers to have telephone access to trained counselors 24-hours a day to get the help they need. By making an Employee Assistance Program part of your benefits package, employees can address issues rather than letting them fester and negatively impact job performance.
Here are several ways that Employee Assistance Programs are advantageous to both your employees and your company:
1. Provides confidentiality.
When an employee takes advantage of an Employee Assistance Program, the employer is not notified. This confidentiality allows employees to feel comfortable to discuss personal issues without the fear of jeopardizing their jobs.
2. Offers immediate assistance.
An Employee Assistance Program gives employees 24/7 access to counselors via telephone. In the event that an employee needs to seek help in-person help through a medical professional, the Employee Assistance Program can arrange for this to take place.
3. Prevents problems from escalating.
Because Employee Assistance Programs offer immediate help to employees, problems can be addressed before they escalate and create conflict with other employees. One of the biggest advantages of an Employee Assistance Program is that issues can be addressed in the early stages and resolved before they turn into something more serious.
4. Addresses a myriad of personal issues.
We all encounter personal issues throughout our lives that can be distracting to our responsibilities if they're not addressed. For instance, an employee may be dealing with a personal issue such as substance abuse, depression, or a change in marital status. An Employee Assistance Program serves as an outlet for employees to talk to and learn how to cope with these personal issues.
5. Strengthens an employee benefits package.
In order to attract and retain top talent in today's competitive market, employers need to get creative with their benefits offerings. An Employer Assistance Program serves as a way to differentiate your company and demonstrate that you truly do care about the wellbeing of your employees.
In summary, an Employee Assistance Program is a win-win solution for both the employer and the employee. From the employer's perspective, the program strengthens a benefits package, increases productivity, and yields more satisfied employees. Employees benefit from the ability to promptly address personal issues in a confidential way to alleviate stress and find an effective solution to cope.
To learn more about Employee Assistance Programs and the benefits that they can provide, please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts.