An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a benefit programme that is designed to help employees find a way to deal with personal problems, which may be having a negative impact on their health and work performance.
Looking after an employee’s wellbeing is important to both companies and employees alike, as this helps to create a positive work environment, meaning employees are happier, more productive and more likely to enjoy a long career at the company.
The EAP service offers your staff wholehearted support in the form of EAP counselling, legal advice if necessary, and an all-round safe place to talk. But the benefits of an EAP service don’t stop there. Here’s why you should consider implementing this programme for your business:
It will show you care
While you personally care about the safety and happiness of your employees, it may be difficult to show this to them, especially in a large office or if you do not see your employees often. You may still feel like some of your employees aren’t getting the full support that they need.
However, signing up for a service that focuses on your employees’ wellbeing, such as an Employee Assistance Programme
, will show your staff that you care about them outside of how they perform in the office.
This will certainly improve yours and the company’s reputation in the office, and mean that employees feel proud and happy to work for you, which can have noticeable benefits.
Your employees will feel better and be more productive
Staff who are suffering from mental health issues, financial worries or other personal problems may be much less productive and unable to complete work to their best standard.
Individuals who are suffering from mental health problems could have problems concentrating or remembering things at work, or they may show a lack of interest in their work altogether. They may also be subject to a heavy workload and tight deadlines, and not feel able to open up about their problems to get the support they need.
Introducing a service that makes sure you are caring for your employees' wellbeing will ensure that your staff have access to any advice and treatment that they may need, which will have a positive impact upon their work performance.
Help reduce absenteeism
Absenteeism costs the UK economy billions per year, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent absenteeism costs in your business.
Work Capability Assessments
assess an employee’s ability to work, and where necessary, provide a rehabilitation program which will help get them back to work.
They also provide employees with confidential support so that they do not feel alone and are comfortable in the knowledge that they have someone to turn to if they need help.
It’s a great job benefit
When advertising jobs at your company, it is incredibly useful to have a few extra staff benefits to make you stand out from your competitors
It will almost certainly impress a potential applicant that you are able to offer a little extra support to your staff when they need it. It will demonstrate to them that your company cares about its staff, and looks after them. Along with this, you can prove that your business is a happy place to work and has a high level of staff morale.
This helping hand may be the deciding factor between two job offers for potential employees.
These are just a few of the ways in which an EAP service can improve your workplace, not only for your employees, but for you and your business too. If you are interested in setting up an EAP in your company, we can give you all the information you need, so please contact us