EAP stands for ‘Employee Assistance Programme’. In essence, EAPs are offered as a benefit to employees through their employers, based on the principle that a happy and healthy workforce is a productive workforce.
EAPs are aimed at helping employees deal with personal problems that might have a negative impact on their work. Traditional examples include confidential counselling services; health and wellbeing programmes, including gym membership; access to support groups and workshops. In recent years, other benefits have frequently been added, including assistance with child or elderly care, help with relationship problems, financial or legal advice.
Services can be delivered either remotely (via telephone or video consultations) or face-to-face. Throughout this year’s pandemic, we have found that clients and their employees have particularly valued and utilised the remote consultation services offered by their EAP.
Employers will incur a cost to set up and run their EAP, which employees will access free of charge. However, EAPs have been found to be the most effective approach when it comes to helping employees overcome the challenges of work-life balance. They’ve also been shown to tackle many of the issues associated with short- and long-term absences. So the investment made by employers in EAPs is generally considered to be money well spent.
Although EAPs were previously only common in larger companies, today we find that they are increasingly offered as a benefit to employees in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Brunsdon Employee Benefits’ Consultants are specialists in EAPs and can offer advice and support with your scheme. They can help source the best products to meet your needs and objectives or assist with scheme switching, including communications to members. Once you are a client of ours, you will receive continued, dedicated account management, including regular reviews, and ongoing administrative support of your scheme and its members.
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