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Using Your EAP Benefits

Do you have access to an employee assistance program at work? Have you ever taken advantage of the services your EAP provides? All too often it seems that employees miss out on experiencing an improved quality of life because they are simply not aware of what EAPs can be used for. While there is a wide variety of benefits an EAP can offer, here are five services you should know about that help employees live better lives in and out of the workplace.

1. Increase Your Job Performance

Many people don’t realize just how much time they waste at work because they are distracted or fail to prioritize their responsibilities. An EAP program can help you overcome problems with time management and enable you to be more focused on your daily tasks. If you struggle to be organized or stick to your goals, there are EAP services that can show you realistic ways of becoming more productive.

2. Reduce Your Stress Level

Sometimes all it takes to relieve your stress is to talk to someone about your worries or frustrations. An EAP provider makes it possible to talk with a counselor confidentially and conveniently. You can choose to communicate with a counselor face to face, over the phone, or even online. Sharing your concerns with an experienced counselor can provide a new perspective on things and help you process difficult situations in a healthy way. Taking advantage of employee counseling services offered by your EAP company is an effective way to manage your stress level and live a more balanced life inside and outside of the workplace

3. Resolve Personal Issues

When you experience the death of a loved one, are a victim of abuse, or are affected by a natural disaster, your personal and professional life can suffer. Going through these types of trials is difficult and painful, and you shouldn’t have to handle them on your own. An EAP provider can connect you with an experienced professional to help you cope with your grief and loss, at no cost to you as the employee. These services can also be used to help you address challenges such as substance abuse and addiction.

4. Improve Your Financial Situation

Even employees earning large salaries can have financial trouble. If you need help getting out of debt, creating a budget, or planning for retirement, EAP providers are available to give financial insight. Financial services offered through your employee assistance program can help you and your family stick to a budget so you don’t get behind on your bills. They can also help you avoid the need to file for bankruptcy.

5. Locate Legal Services

Employees going through a divorce, executing a will, or dealing with a lawsuit are often unaware that EAP services can get them the legal help they need. Anytime your attention is focused on issues outside of work, you lose focus and are not as effective on the job. Knowing a professional has your back can allow you to keep your attention on your job.

When businesses choose Mazzitti and Sullivan EAP, we create customized benefit solutions to ensure that employees have access to the resources they need to be their best at work and at home. Our programs focus on helping employees achieve an improved quality of life in both professional and personal settings. If you believe your workplace could benefit from the wide range of EAP services we offer, please contact Mazzitti and Sullivan EAP today. We’d love to hear from you!