Essay about Employee Assistance Programs

2001 Words Dec 15th, 2012 9 Pages
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The Human Resource Department of Atain Insurance Company (The Company) is requesting a proposal to its Board of Directors to implement an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP will be offered as part of our comprehensive benefit package to all of its employees and their qualified dependents.

An EAP is a confidential counseling service, paid for by the employer that is designed to help employees and family members who have personal problems as well as work problems that can interfere with their work and family life
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Please consider the following facts (fsaj.org):
• Personal problems can decrease employee production by as much as 25%.
• Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress from personal, professional and financial issues.
• 30% of employees feel overwhelming stress about their finances.
• Alcohol abuses is estimated to cost businesses $87.6 billion annually in lost productivity.
• The loss of productivity due to drug use is $128.6 billion annually.

Protecting health and safety of our employees can be done by identifying, assessing and referring our employees that may have mental health or substance abuse problems. By helping our employees with these issues will lead to a healthier, productive workplace. This will also lead to a significant reduction in our medical costs due to early identification and treatment of individual mental health and substance abuse problems (Office of Disability Employment Policy).

Personal problems, such as work related stress, marital or family, and financial problems issues affect almost everyone. These problems can lead to poor employee performance, leading to lower productivity; strained relationships with coworkers; and frequent abscesses or accidents (Margulie, 2008). An EAP will help our employee’s sort out their problems that may be causing them trouble in the workplace. They will be able to get professional

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