What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?

An employee assistance program is an employer-sponsored program that offers services to help employees deal with personal problems. EAPs offer education, awareness, and counseling services to help with these problems. Participation in the program is strictly confidential. Many employers implement these programs because they think through wellness programs they can reduce health problems and disability claims, and increase productivity, increase morale, and lower absenteeism.

What do Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) Cover?

While the services offered by an EAP can vary, some of the most common programs stick to alcohol and drug abuse. Other services that can be offered include:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Divorce/marital problems
  • Stress management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Child care
  • Elder Care
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction
  • Psychological or psychiatric problems
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Benefits of Employer Assistance Programs (EAPs) for Employers

    The cost of an EAP will vary depending on which services are offered and the number of counselors employed. Getting started with an EAP can be costly because many employees might be referred for counseling or treatment all at once, but the investment is well worth the initial costs. Employers can benefit from EAPs from:

  • Lower health care costs
  • Fewer disability claims
  • Less absenteeism
  • Higher productivity and focus
  • Improved employee morale
  • Fewer workplace accidents
  • Higher retention
  • EAPs require communication to employees about which services are offered, how to obtain those services, and a confidentiality agreement. To get started with your EAP program today, give M2B Health a call!


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