Now, more than ever, an employee assistance program is a benefit no employer should be without. The lengthy recession has taken its toll on employers, employees and their families. As employers, we are forced to cut back on perks, benefits, salaries and employees. Some companies are cutting their Employee Assistance Program because they are trying to decrease all costs as much as possible. As a result, employees are forced to do more work with less support and increased stress. Employees may be upset about the cutbacks, resentful of the increased workload and worried about their professional and financial futures. Morale, productivity and performance are all negatively impacted. Employees have increased stress, financial and personal problems during tough financial times. Some are losing their homes, their jobs and their relationships. This affects your bottom line in many ways.
Fully Effective Employees can actually save your company money by reducing accidents, absenteeism, tardiness and the time managers spend dealing with employees’s personal problems. The EAP can help prevent litigation and workplace violence. The EAP increases morale, employee loyalty, productivity and performance. The EAP counselor will help employees and their familiy members find counseling and resources and they can provide support and case management for up to two years. When employees are given the right help, it reduces insurance costs and disability claims. In addition, the program offers employees a free place to access assistance before their problems begin to affect their work performance.
The U.S Department of Labor reports that for every dollar invested in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), employers generally save anywhere from $5 to $16.
While you may be looking for ways to cut costs, the EAP can be one of your most important assets.
If you are a current client, please call us for assistance in promoting and using the program. The more employees and their families are aware of the program, the more it will be used. If you are interested in the program for your workplace, call for more information on how the EAP can save you money!
Difficult economic times present challenges for everyone but often these challenges are intensified for small business owners, managers and HR professionals. Many companies are trying to do more with less. They are experiencing downsizing, benefit decreases, salary freezes, furlough days and more. Managers and HR professionals are commonly given the task of delivering the bad news about lay-offs, salary cuts and benefit reductions. In addition, managers may be dealing with an unemployed spouse and worries that their own job may be cut.
HR professionals and managers are asked to relay sensitive company messages to employees and they are expected to deal with employee behavior, performance issues, positive drug tests and terminations. In addition, they face chronic work stressors which include a changing business environment, new technology, understaffing, stressed employees and an isolation from others because they are in management.
It may be difficult for managers to ask for help or admit they are overwhelmed. I often stress that Fully Effective Employees is an EMPLOYER assistance program as well as an EMPLOYEE assistance program. We help managers build personal resiliency during tough times. Learning to identify ones strengths and beliefs and what has worked in the past, can help individuals use these abilities during stressful times, both personally and professionally.
Sometimes, it can be very beneficial for the HR professional or manager to seek assistance from the EAP to obtain support, a new perspective, referral for resources and to assist them in reducing their stress. In order for employers to take care of their employees, they must also take care of themselves.
We offer a wide range of services including assessment, referral, brief counseling and case management for up to two years. We work with companies ranging in size from 3- 4000 employees and employers from schools and counties to factories and unions and everything in between.
Fully Effective Employees is different from other EAP companies because we offer a very personalized service where our own EAP trained employees do most of the EAP work including training, management consultation, counseling, after hours calls and case management. Our goal is to be sure that our clients needs are met completely by providing not only counseling if needed, but also assistance locating resources, and providing ongoing support for up to two years or more.
Fully Effective Employees in also an EMPLOYER assistance program. Our goal is to help employers deal with performance problems and employee issues so that your employees can be healthy, productive and “Fully Effective”.
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