As an employer, you know that your business would not be where it is today if it were not for your dedicated employees. It is a well-known fact that people who feel valued and cared for in their workplace outperform people who hate their jobs – even on the worst days. And, as a business owner, the overall health and well-being of your workforce is your responsibility.
If you want your business to succeed, it is vital that you have all the resources you need to help your employees through the darkest of times. Whether a person is struggling with a mental health issue, family problems, or substance abuse, an employee assistance program (EAP) can help.
What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
Employers may choose to offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to employees. EAPs provide short-term counseling services to employees and their loved ones who are struggling with a range of hardships that could adversely affect their performance at work. These counseling sessions are voluntary, free to employees, and confidential.
EAPs exist to help employees with a variety of personal and career-related issues, such as:
- Substance use disorder
- Alcohol use disorder
- Workplace conflict
- Marital and relationship issues
- Chronic stress
- Mental health issues
- Family and parenting conflict
- Grief and loss
- Natural disaster
- Legal problems
- Financial struggles
EAP sessions are facilitated by a licensed EAP counselor. Services may be held face-to-face or over the phone or internet. EAP counselors aim to work closely with supervisors and managers to address organizational and employee-related challenges.
These programs are not only effective in helping employees cope with difficulties, but they are also proven to help prevent violence and trauma. EAPs may also reduce the number of emergency response situations that occur in relation to the workplace.
Privacy and Confidentiality
No matter what industry you are in, it is understandable that individuals who seek help for personal and work-related issues wish that their privacy is respected. Employee Assistance Programs are required to keep all patient records private, on an independent server, and in accordance with HIPAA guidelines.
At Navis Health, we understand how important confidentiality and privacy are to you and your employees, which is why all educational and therapy sessions are held at an off-site facility, and all topics discussed are kept private between patient and therapist. No information may be shared without the consent of the patient unless legally required.
If an EAP is unable to provide the comprehensive services an individual needs, the therapist can provide a referral to the appropriate treatment program.
How an EAP Can Benefit Your Business and Your Employees
Personal challenges can take up a lot of mental space and negatively affect your employees’ ability to perform well at work. You, yourself, have a lot on your plate, but EAPs take the burden of your employees’ mental health off your shoulders by providing adequate support and educational services to your entire workforce. EAPs can help reduce the impact that personal struggles have on your company’s bottom line.
Reducing Stress Will Boost Your Employees’ Productivity
Chronic stress, whether it be from pressure at work, relationship issues, or a psychological disorder, can lead to changes in personality, fatigue, and burnout. This can reduce productivity and performance at work, which can ultimately affect your business as a whole.
EAPs provide counseling and support resources for a variety of issues and can help your employees learn to cope in a healthy way. The healthier and happier your employees are, the more productive and performative they will be.
Support in The Workplace Leads to Less Absenteeism
At the same time, absenteeism and stress are closely linked. Many people struggle to get out of bed and find motivation when they are stressed or preoccupied. When combined with the pressure to show up for work and generate a paycheck, employees can become burnt out and struggle to perform at their usual pace.
EAPs provide services that can help your employees overcome their obstacles, get healthy, and be more motivated to get up and show up for work.
Fewer Accidents and Workers’ Compensation Claims
When you invest in an EAP, you also invest in your employees’ safety on the job. Substance abuse, mental health problems, and even loss of sleep due to stress can increase a person’s risk of getting injured in an accident at work. EAPs help employees live healthier lifestyles that will permit them to work harder, smarter, and, most importantly, safer.
Employee Assistance Program With Navis Health
Personal issues can easily overflow into a person’s work performance if he or she does not have supportive resources on hand. As an employer, you know that without your workforce operating at optimal conditions, your business will go under.
Navis Health offers a comprehensive list of services that can help your employees excel when obstacles in their personal lives begin to hinder their capabilities at work.
Our team consists of licensed therapists and drug and alcohol counselors who are trained in behavioral therapy, life-skills counseling, and conflict resolution. They can help members of your team overcome their personal and job-related struggles in the most effective ways possible.
Is your workforce lacking in the resources needed to support employees during the worst of times? If so, Navis Health is here to help.