Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
A tailored service for organisations to offer their employees. Can include individual sessions, access to webinars, resources for personal and professional development.
This is an employer-sponsored workplace therapy service which provides confidential and free counselling to organisations’ employees and family members. Various options are available but frequently employers opt to provide a limited number of sessions of short term, goal-oriented counselling for employees and their direct family members.
These sessions can be used to address issues arising at work and/or personal life.
Typically EAP sessions can include relationship difficulties, including workplace bullying, performance management, coping with stress, alcohol and drug misuse or addiction, depression/anxiety and a range of other common concerns.
EAP can also include workshops delivered on a range of topics including mindfulness in the workplace, managing stress effectively, team building and strengths spotting. Strong research supports the many benefits of EAP including reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, increased levels of employee engagement.
A Safe Working Environment is a Requirement
Under the Work Health & Safety (WHS) Act 2011, it’s a requirement that employers provide a safe working environment – both physically and mentally. By law, companies must try to minimise the risk of emotional damage by having effective control measures in place. Issues such as workplace discrimination, stress or bullying can cause panic attacks, depression, poor sleep, anxiety, and physical illness. Recognising emotional risk factors and responding to these by offering EAP counselling for staff members, helps ensure that employers are doing all they can to maintain a healthy environment.
PMW are proud to be Employee Assistance Program providers. If you own or manage a business and are interested in offering this beneficial service to your employers, contact us today to learn more.