EAPs can help to reduce the cost of mental health absence
According to an article recently published in HR magazine, EAPs are one of a number of ways for employers to reduce the cost of mental health absence and help their employees.
Among the steps that employers can take to reduce the effect of mental health issues on their employees, the article reports line manager training to identify mental health issues among employees, initiatives to tackle stigma such as wellbeing champions and making reasonable adjustments to enable an employee to remain in work, as options for employers to consider.
“Employee assistance programmes (EAPs), as the article explains, can offer a number of counselling sessions as well as support for specific issues such as debt and money worries, as well as personal issues that may be contributing to stress in the workplace. Communication is one of the key factors to ensuring that EAPs, as well as the other steps outlined in the article, are effective in reducing the impact of mental health in the workplace and when introduced as part of a wider wellbeing and engagement strategy can have a positive impact on organisations and employees,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.