An employee assistance plan (EAP) is an employer-sponsored program designed to identify and help employees resolve personal problems that can adversely affect their work performance, such as marital, financial or emotional problems; family issues; or substance or alcohol abuse. EAPs can also offer a variety of additional services such as legal assistance and referrals, adoption assistance, help finding elder care services, wellness programs, and more.
According to the 2016 SHRM Employee Benefits research report, 77 percent of surveyed employers offered an EAP. If your company already has one, great! You should check out some of our other posts. If, however, you’re one of the 23 percent of companies that don’t, you might benefit by looking into providing one for your employees. Why? EAPs have been shown to help reduce absenteeism, workers’ comp claims, health care costs, accidents and employee HR complaints. They can also improve employee engagement and help reduce employee turnover.