When it comes to what stresses Americans, topping the list are health care, financial issues, and concerns over trust in government, according to a 2017 survey by The American Psychological Association. People are more likely to report symptoms of stress including anxiety, anger and fatigue, than in the past. At the same time, many Americans don’t have adequate support systems. Forty-six percent say they sometimes or always feel alone, according to a Cigna survey.
That’s where an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) can help. An EAP can act as the first line of defense when an employee faces challenges. Employees get access to experts who can provide confidential advice and referrals on a range of issues from family to financial, to addiction, to mental illness and beyond.
As valuable as EAPs are, they are underused. Many employees simply don’t know what an EAP offers or how it can help them. Others are worried that the information they share will be given to their employers. That’s where communication comes in. Here are some suggestions about communicating to employees about an EAP:
• During open enrollment, discuss what services the EAP offers and remind employees that the program is available if they need it.
• Stress that any personal information they share with the EAP will never be given to their employer.
Employers can do their best to create a harmonious environment, but they can’t control outside stressors. Unum and CoPower have partnered to bring employers life and disability coverages that include an EAP as a valuable tool in creating a happier and more productive workforce.
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