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Employee Assistance Plans
Today's employee is subject to any number of personal and professional stresses. Sometimes stress can lead to a deterioration of mental or emotional health, or to drug or alcohol dependence. When one of your employees has a problem, it can spill over into the workplace. Other employees may resent having to do more than their share of the work, for example. Clients may be unsettled or inconvenienced by an employee's erratic behavior. Productivity may decline, hurting your bottom line. Good managers realize that when an employee's quality of life is good, his or her work improves. Therefore, protecting and improving quality of life for employees can protect and improve the health of your company. The best way to do this is by implementing an Employee Assistance Plan.
Professional and Confidential Counseling
Partnering with an organization that specializes in providing Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) is the best way to give your employees access to high-quality services. These organizations act quickly to assign a registered psychologist to individuals in need of assistance. This counseling is completely private and confidential, and can have a positive impact on your employee and his or her whole family. As well, the psychologist may refer them to other professionals if supplementary care is deemed necessary.
Ensuring that your employees have access to this kind of help can make a huge difference to their mental and emotional health, and to the culture of your workplace.
Finding a Partner
Look for an organization that has built a solid reputation for providing services in Canada. The partner you choose should offer immediate help for an employee in need, and should be able to schedule an initial appointment as soon as possible. Be sure to select an organization that offers help for issues such as:
  • Relationship or marital difficulties. Interpersonal difficulties can make it impossible for employees to focus on the tasks at hand. Counseling can often help to resolve marital problems.
  • Drug or alcohol dependence. These are among the most prevalent and the most damaging of problems. Addiction and alcoholism can wreak havoc on an individual's personal and professional life, and are not often overcome without help.
  • Grief. The death of a spouse or other close family member can send a person's life spinning out of control. Grief counseling can help some individuals regain equilibrium.
  • Elder care. As people live longer lives, they often require caregiving. Many adults find themselves caring for parents as well as their own children. This can add a great deal of stress to family relationships and can leave individuals with very little leisure time.
  • Childcare. Many parents, particularly single mothers and fathers, struggle to care for children with special needs. These children sometimes require close supervision on a round-the-clock basis. They may also require expensive therapy or equipment, putting financial strain on families.
Partnering with an expert organization to help you offer your employees an Employee Assistance Plan can help to create a healthy, happy workplace.


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