What is an Employee Assistance Programme?
An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a collection of services intended to help employees with their health and wellbeing. It involves making free counselling available for the assessment and discussion of various work and personal problems, plus referral services when required. It can form part of an organisation’s commitment to positive mental health, and become an important employee perk.
It has been estimated that 91 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to mental health difficulties, along with 10.4 million working days to work-related stress. However, it doesn’t need to be this way.
At Deminos, we can offer you and your employees access to an EAP to advise on wellbeing and help prevent mental health-related sickness absence. Providing this support and communicating it to employees will also help develop a supportive workplace wellbeing culture where no-one has to struggle on in silence.
The EAP includes access to qualified lawyers and financial advisors, who can give specialist support on legal matters and debt consolidation. Their advice is easy to understand and always discussed sensitively.
The EAP isn’t just limited to employees. Managers can contact a counsellor about any personal challenges they may be facing, or about any concerns they have regarding a member of their team.
The service can help managers identify whether an employee is struggling with a mental health issue, how to broach a challenging conversation with an employee, or give guidance on supporting a team through a difficult time.
The Counselling Helpline
Confidential advice and support is offered to employees through a free, 24-hour helpline. Experienced counsellors provide support for any issue that may be causing distress, with the counsellor working with the employee to establish whether they may benefit from any further help.