EAP coaching and support services for line managers helps to create mentally healthy workplaces
It is estimated that around one in six employees is depressed, anxious or suffering from stress-related problems at any one time. While we know that the workplace can be a contributory factor to these issues, research shows that well-trained leaders and line managers can have a powerful and positive impact in promoting and sustaining good mental health at work.
Clearly an important first step for employers is to ensure that line managers are trained in mental first aid so that they are better equipped to deal with difficult and challenging situations and are confident in having practical and engaging conversations with their teams on a regular basis.
But simply investing in training is not enough.
Developing mental first aid skills is a process that needs to evolve over time and it is therefore vitally important that post training support is also in place. While many employers understand the role of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in providing counselling and support services for employees, there is much less awareness around the training, coaching and guidance services offered by EAPs for line managers specifically.
In the article, Neil Mountford, Chair of EAPA UK explores the ways in which EAP manager support services can help and urges employers to tap into our expertise and unlock the value of EAPs to support both employees and line mangers in better managing mental health at work.
You can read the full article here.