Employee productivity is important for any business’ success, but sometimes employees are too overwhelmed by personal or behavioral problems to perform at their highest level.  High stress, psychological problems, substance abuse, legal troubles and other personal issues can lead to lower productivity and focus during work, increased absenteeism, and higher health care costs.  An EAP can address these issues and help employees tend to their personal needs.

An EAP is an employer-sponsored program that offers services to help employees deal with personal problems.

What do EAPs cover?  The plans vary from employer to employer, but most have common elements.  Typical issues addressed include:

  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Smoking cessation
  • Divorce/marital problems
  • Stress management
  • Interpersonal conflicts / conflict resolution
  • Crisis intervention
  • Child care
  • Eldercare
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction
  • Psychological or psychiatric problems
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems

EAPs can help to reduce an employer’s overall health care and disability claims, and can increase productivity and morale.  More and more employers are offering this benefit, because it is so easy for it to pay for itself.  If you have questions, contact one of our Employee Benefit Specialists today!