Building a Strategic Business by Investing in your EAP

By Jennifer Christman

In today's fast-paced and demanding work environment, prioritizing employee well-being is not just a noble gesture, but a strategic move for any business. In this busy back-to-school season, it is the perfect time to consider enhancing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) by incorporating robust mental health resources.

According to the most recent report from the World Health Organization via Mental Health America, over $1 trillion worth of lost productivity in the global economy is due to anxiety and depression and only 32% of HR professionals claim that offering mental health resources is a high priority for their organization. EAP’s help:

  1. Productivity and Engagement: Incorporating mental health resources into an EAP leads to increased productivity and engagement among employees. When individuals feel supported in managing their mental health, they are more likely to maintain focus on their tasks, resulting in improved job performance. Moreover, a workplace culture that promotes mental well-being is attractive to potential hires and contributes to higher employee retention rates.

  2. Holistic Family Health: Life happens, adding stress for employees who are parents, caregivers, or even students themselves. As we think about the current season, juggling work responsibilities with the demands of a new school year takes a toll. Offering care coordination services for the full family sends a clear message that your company values the holistic well-being of its workforce.

  3. 24/7/365 Services: A comprehensive EAP with a focus on mental health provides employees with access to counseling services, stress management techniques, and coping strategies. This system equips them to better navigate the challenges that arise during busy times, and to feel supported 24/7/365. 

  4. Transparency: By investing in mental health resources within your EAP, you also reduce the stigma surrounding mental health discussions. This fosters an environment where employees feel comfortable seeking help when needed, leading to early intervention and prevention of more severe mental health issues.

Enhancing your EAP with a focus on mental health is a strategic move that benefits both employees and businesses. The comprehensive support leads to improved well-being, increased productivity, and a positive workplace culture- helping individuals thrive! Nurturing mental health is an investment that yields substantial returns for everyone involved.

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