EAPs are the answer to the current mental health crisis

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EAPs are the answer to the current mental health crisis

The employee assistance industry in the UK wholly recognises that there is pressure on day-to-day core services being delivered by NHS mental health trusts, as outlined in The Guardian recently. And with nine out of ten mental health trusts admitting that they are not managing demand or planning for currently unmet need, it isn’t long until the [...]

Is EAP work right for you?

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Is EAP work right for you?

EAP counsellors and psychotherapists are seeing more complex and high risk cases, says Amanda Smith, UK EAPA’s secretary and author of the last ‘EAP Matters’ column in the BACP’s ‘Counselling at Work’ journal. In the article, Amanda discusses the skillset and experience required of affiliate counsellors when it comes to working with clients who present with a wide range of issues that are, in the case of EAP work, interwoven with organisational complexities that can additionally impact on their [...]

What’s the point of EAPs?

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What’s the point of EAPs?

A recent article in People Management discusses the role of EAPs within organsiations and the extent to which organisations truly understand and appreciate the value that EAPs can generate. It’s an important debate, says UK EAPA Chair, Neil Mountford, and reminds us again of the importance of measuring and evaluating the impact of programmes. “The more effort an organisation puts into promoting the programme and driving engagement and [...]

16% of employers don’t offer mental wellbeing education or support

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16% of employers don't offer mental wellbeing education or support

Research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare reveals that 16% of employers do not offer any form of mental wellbeing education or support for employees. The research, which surveyed nearly 300 employers earlier this year, also showed that 20% of employers do not provide any such support around physical wellbeing. According to Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the turbulent world we’re living in is a call to action for [...]

NEW PUBLICATION! Mental health in the workplace: advice for managers

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NEW PUBLICATION! Mental health in the workplace: advice for managers

A new factsheet from the UK EAPA provides practical strategies for managers to support employees and constructively manage situations where mental health is contributing factor. “Line managers are faced with numerous responsibilities relating to the guidance, support, development, discipline and performance of employees, and also hold shared responsibility for ensuring the employer’s duty of care for the welfare of their staff is delivered. “Increasing [...]

Addressing financial and mental health concerns cuts absenteeism and improves focus at the workplace

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Addressing financial and mental health concerns cuts absenteeism and improves focus at the workplace

The recently published Metlife ‘Employee Benefits Trends Study’ highlights that although embedding and uptake of wellness programmes has improved in recent months, there is a striking need to give mental health the same level of attention. The study shows that while physical wellbeing programmes are now much better embedded within wellbeing strategies, a tremendous shift is needed within organisations as mental health becomes [...]

EAPs are leading the charges when it comes to supporting workplace wellbeing

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EAPs are leading the charges when it comes to supporting workplace wellbeing

According to new research from REBA, the Reward and Employee Benefits Association, employers are rolling out wellbeing strategies for their workplaces at a rate never seen before, with some adopting a highly sophisticated approach that includes strategic links to business culture and board reporting, whilst others are pulling together a collection of wellbeing initiatives. Despite this, over half of respondents (54.8%) do not have a wellbeing strategy [...]

How EAPs can help employees to manage the impact of trauma

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How EAPs can help employees to manage the impact of trauma

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena and the subsequent heightened threat to the UK from international terrorism, individuals are naturally struggling to come to terms with the news of this event and the impact it has had on so many innocent lives. Many of these individuals will be employees who, regardless of the shock and trauma they may have suffered from witnessing, hearing about or being connected to the events in Manchester, will have [...]

Research calls for greater line manager awareness of mental health issues

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Research calls for greater line manager awareness of mental health issues

Research recently published by Unum in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation reveals that just one-third (34%) of workers who experienced mental health problems in the last five years felt well supported by their line managers. It reports that line managers routinely underestimate how well their workplace supports staff mental health and wellbeing. Nearly half (45%) of the managers surveyed here thought that an employee experiencing a mental [...]

Latest issue of UK EAPA Newsletter published!

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Latest issue of UK EAPA Newsletter published!

The latest issue of the UK EAPA Member Newsletter has just been published. Featuring articles on topics including the recent EAPA annual general meeting, Paul Roberts’ emeritus award and EAP taxation. The newsletter also shares details of the June 2017 branch meeting. To read the newsletter, just click here.

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