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  • Jordan Strate

Employee Assistance Programs: Help When You Need It

Updated: May 17


In today's busy world, work and life can be tough sometimes. But did you know there's help available if you're feeling stressed or having a hard time? It's called an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP for short. Let's learn more about it together.


A smiling employee uses an Employee Assistance Program

What's an Employee Assistance Program?


An Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, is like having a secret helper at work. It's a place you can go to get help if you're feeling upset or dealing with problems. The best part? Everything you talk about is kept private, just between you and the EAP.


How Does it Work?


Using the EAP is super easy. If you're feeling down or having a tough time, you can just call or email them. They'll set up a time for you to talk to someone who can help, like a counselor or advisor. These talks are short and focused on helping you feel better and figure out what to do next.


Why EAPs are Awesome


EAPs are great for lots of reasons:


  1. Private Support: You can talk about anything bothering you, and it stays between you and the EAP.

  2. Get Help Early: They help you fix problems before they get too big and affect your work.

  3. Do Better at Work: When you get help for your problems, you can focus better and do your job well.

  4. Costs Less: EAPs save money because they stop problems from getting worse and causing more trouble.

  5. Feel Happier: Knowing there's help when you need it can make you feel better and less worried.


How Employers Help with EAPs

Here's what bosses do to make EAPs work:


  1. Find the Right Help: They pick a good EAP that suits everyone at work.

  2. Tell Everyone: They make sure everyone knows about the EAP and how to use it.

  3. Make it Easy: They make it simple for you to reach out and get help when you need it.

  4. Keep it Secret: They make sure your talks with the EAP stay private.

  5. Check and Improve: They make sure the EAP is working well and ask for your ideas to make it even better.


Employee Assistance Programs, are like having a friendly hand to hold when things get tough. They're there to help you feel better and do your best at work. When bosses care about their employees' feelings, they set up EAPs to make sure everyone's happy and healthy. So, if you ever need someone to talk to, remember: your EAP is just a call or email away!

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