Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) include a variety of employee wellness strategies. An EAP often includes counseling, training, advice and policies designed to support employees and help them develop a successful work-life balance. They provide support to resolve challenges that may have a negative impact on work, even if the problems are personal and not caused by workplace issues.
As employers seek innovative ways to recruit and retain employees, an increasing number are turning to EAPs for a value-added benefit. An EAP provides confidential support for employees, answers questions and makes suggestions about resources, and offers insight into a variety of home-life-work concerns. Most programs offer unlimited phone consultations and one-on-one sessions with a counselor for each employee. Worth noting is the fact that the employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from EAPs. Many advantages are also afforded to employers. Here are some reasons why companies are turning to this system of support.