Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are offered by many employers to help your team members through the really tough times. These programs help employees deal with personal problems that often adversely impact job performance, health and overall attitude. EAPs generally provide counseling and referral services for your employees and their immediate family members. Don’t forget, when an employee is suffering most likely their entire family is as well.
If I am having problems with an employee’s performance, can I recommend these services without getting sued?
Yes, you may also refer employees for counseling services based upon unacceptable performance or conduct issues; this is often referred to as a supervisor referral.
What types of behavior would I notice in my employees needing assistance?
The most common problems seen in employees needing assistance or emotional guidance include:
- Problems with a Supervisor or Co-Worker
- Depression or Anxiety
- Grief / Bereavement
- Family, Marriage or Relationship Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Child / Adolescent Abuse Issues
- Child-Parent Problems
- Stress Related Illness
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Financial Problems
Would alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga or vitamins be covered under this type of plan?
It is not traditional, but yes there is a chance depending on the instructions from the employee’s doctor that alternative therapies could be covered by your policy. Give our team a call to talk about a plan that is right for you.