How an EAP Promotes Wellness in the Workplace

Sixty-five percent of Americans identify their job as their top source of stress. Only 36 percent of those thought their workplace provided enough support.1 Stress can lead to depression, anxiety, obesity, sleep problems, high blood pressure, heart disease and a weakened immune system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that mental health issues cost the U.S. economy $300 billion in 2002.2 An employee assistance program assists in creating a mentally healthy workplace by helping workers through difficult situations—even outside of the workplace—that can negatively impact their wellness, such as:

  • Emotional distress and anger
  • Personal issues
  • Family problems
  • Time management issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use

Through an EAP, help and guidance from professional and licensed counselors can minimize the negative impacts of these common life situations. An EAP provides personalized consultations and follow-up services to promote personal and professional wellness through employee training and support addressing issues that impact the entire workplace. All EAP services are strictly confidential.

EAP Services

EAP services include counseling for mental health, addiction and work/life balance as well as crisis intervention. These services promote wellness in the workplace, which helps an organization and its employees grow stronger.

Mental Health

EAP counselors help employees to manage the mental health challenges and emotions they experience. Licensed mental health counselors provide complete assessment and counseling services to promote wellness on issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Caregiver issues
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Life changes
  • Relationship conflict
  • Personal crisis
  • Relocation issues

Addiction

EAP Promotes Wellness

Addiction is one of the leading mental health problems in the U.S., with more than 23 million Americans experiencing a substance abuse problem each year.3 Addiction negatively impacts both personal and professional well-being.

EAP counselors work with individuals to help them understand how their addictions affect work and family. Counselors assess these issues, then guide clients through support and counseling that treats substance abuse problems. Addiction recovery services address:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction

Crisis Intervention

When a group of employees has been impacted by a traumatic event, early support is crucial to maintaining wellness and productivity. An EAP promotes wellness by providing services to support employees affected by traumatic events.

On a personal level, this could include dealing with the death of a co-worker. On a workplace level, it could be recovery from workplace violence or a local natural disaster. EAP services provide prompt and appropriate individual and group support that fits the situation. Counselors help affected workers understand normal reactions to trauma and provide trauma recovery strategies.

Work/Life Balance

A healthy work/life balance can be achieved through planning, flexibility, resourcefulness and support. An EAP promotes wellness by providing counselors to assess an employee’s needs, explore strategies and provide resources to balance work with family and outside activities. Work/life issues that can be addressed through an EAP include:

  • Caregiver issues
  • Family problems
  • Managing financial pressures
  • Parenting issues
  • Managing stress
  • Managing time

Convenience

An EAP promotes wellness in the workplace using a variety of methods, such as face to face, telephone, and virtual coaching and counseling sessions. A choice of delivery methods makes counseling and coaching sessions more convenient and accessible for employees.


References:

  1. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6003a1.htm
  3. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-statistics