Benefit Facts Article by Brian Bulger – May 21, 2021
We are living in a time of change and uncertainty and the results can cause significant stress for many people. Quite a number of people, myself included have not been able to keep in personal contact with family members, friends and colleagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to causing feelings of isolation, it has affected productivity at many workplaces and has lead to countless people experiencing depression.
New school policies, a spouse’s lost income and concern for the health of loved ones all pile onto the shoulders of you and employees. Personal and work challenges blur into one mass and can result in increased absences, less productivity and reduced quality of life.
Over the past 12 months more business owners are seeing the value in providing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help their employees maintain their mental health. An EAP is a confidential resource for employees to have access to qualified experts and professionals who can help them and their eligible dependents deal with situations affecting their mental and emotional health and wellness.
It’s not just life changing events that can affect employees. It can be the cumulative effect of many issues that are causing anxiety. When stress comes without a timeline for when it will be relieved, like in the case of the current pandemic, it can lead to feelings of hopelessness. But with counseling your employees can develop the tools they need to deal with the emotions they’re experiencing. The Chambers Group Benefit Plan offers Arrive EAP benefit, managed by Arete HR Inc. And the process couldn’t be easier.
When your employees take advantage of their EAP, a friendly and professional intake specialist will ask them some basic questions, listen to them, then find a resource for them. If counselling sessions are the answer, they will search their professional network database to find the best fit possible, then contact the employee with that professional to make an appointment at the employee’s convenience. The service is entirely confidential; the fact that they are even using the service will not be shared with anyone – not even the employer – without the employee’s written permission.
The Chambers Group Plan’s EAP can also help employees manage other stressors on their mental health, including issues around legal concerns, finances, childcare and eldercare. Today’s economic and health conditions make an EAP an essential tool for any small business. Business owners generally don’t have the time or expertise to address the mental health challenges their employees face, or even that they and their own family members face. Adding an EAP to your benefit plan is a way to show you care about the well-being of your employees and their families.
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