Providing access to an Employee Assistance Program through your group benefits is a simple and effective way to help your employees through difficult times.
Employee Assistance Programs are designed to help people understand and work through their troubles; regardless if the issue is caused by workplace difficulties. EAPs are typically open to all employees and members of their immediate family.
The EAP offers help with the resolution of difficulties that may be affecting work by offering a wide range of counselling services. They may provide these services in-house or refer to outside professionals or agencies who can offer more or extended care in particular areas.
Through your EAP, employees can receive help in areas such as personal difficulties, job stress, substance abuse, financial or legal trouble, family violence, parenting difficulties and more.
To help you employees make use of their EAP:
- Post the details for accessing EAP services in a place where all employees can access them without having to ask. A poster in the staff washroom or an email to all staff can be particularly effective.
- Let your employees know that their use of EAP services is strictly confidential, even from you. They need to know that their interactions with EAP services are private.
If you’re not sure what coverage you have or is available to you, contact Sofie for more information.