Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are employee benefit programmes offered by many employers.
Despite clear evidence that good workplaces enjoy greater employee retention, improved customer satisfaction and higher productivity, levels of stress are rising and mental health awareness is very much on a leader’s radar.
In 2018/19 the HSE released analysis based on data from the Labour Force Survey that showed 12.8 million working days were lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression.
In 2019/20 this increased to 17.9 million and accounted for 55% of all working days lost due to work-related ill health.
With 2020/21 being a year of absolute turmoil, I shudder to think what the latest findings will be.
Employee Assistance Programmes are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their health and wellbeing. There are a variety of factors that could have an effect on our wellbeing. These could include health concerns, family issues, financial difficulties and work pressures to name a few.
EAP are a confidential resource offering information, advice and support. This can also be extended to your employees and their families, 24/7, 365 days a year.
In summary, over recent years the rate of self-reported work-related stress, anxiety or depression has increased significantly. The main work factors cited by respondents as the cause were workload pressures, including;
- Tight deadlines
- Too much responsibility
- Lack of managerial support.
With us all facing a huge upheaval this last year, interpersonal relationships and changes at work will also be a significant factor. I urge you to reach out to me for some Employee Assistance Programme ideas. EAP can offer significant value and the level of investment required is often a pleasant surprise to my clients.
So, look after your employees’ health 24/7, 365.