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Employee assistance programs: Are you taking advantage?

shutterstock_87347417shutterstock_87347396Counseling is the first thing I think of when I hear the words “employee assistance program,” and I am only half right. An employee assistance program (EAP) is so much more. There are a wide range of services provided through the EAP one might want to consider, for example, wellness programs or weight management and relaxation, even financial counseling.

Employees who are not distracted by their personal life can show up to work refreshed, engaged and ready to be productive. Employers provide this service to employees free of charge as a benefit to the employee, their family and the organization. Are you taking advantage of the services at your workplace?

In new hire orientation at NLU, we review our EAP and what services are offered, and the example we always share is searching for childcare. The counselors at the EAP ask the employee many questions, some of which a new parent might not have known to ask, and then do the research. The employee is provided a report with all options, and he or she is then able to make a decision. As one can imagine, there is a lot of time put into finding the right childcare, and the EAP takes away the majority of the work.

An employee assistance program doesn’t stop there. They also offer skill builders for a variety of areas such as personal financial planning and effective listening, as well as online monthly work/life balance Webinars with different topics.

Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this free and completely confidential service for yourself and family wherever you work.

About Stephanie Gigliotti

I am an HR Generalist at NLU focused on staff recruiting & HRIS among various other responsibilities. I maintain the @NLUjobs on Twitter and @NLUemployees on Instagram. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/sgigliotti.