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.
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
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.
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
Partnering with an expert organization to help you offer
your employees an Employee Assistance Plan can help to create a healthy, happy