Mediation Awareness Week is coming soon!

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Mediation Awareness Week is coming soon!

Mediation Awareness Week is organised by Mediation Awareness Group and is supported by all of the leading professional mediation bodies in the UK, including the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association. The Week seeks to better explain how mediation is used to resolve disputes and conflict of all kinds and demonstrate how mediation can provide a quicker, cheaper and more effective alternative to litigation, as well as highlighting how it can benefit businesses, communities and [...]

Research shows employers are missing out on benefits of EAPs

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Research shows employers are missing out on benefits of EAPs

An article recently published by 'Occupational Health & Wellbeing' confirms that whilst EAPs are valued by employees, employers are not yet gaining the potential benefits of these important health and wellbeing programmes. The article, which highlights findings from the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association's recent research with the Work Foundation, reports the perception among research respondents that EAPs regard the EAP as an 'insurance policy' and [...]

Men more likely to experience mental health issues in the workplace

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Men more likely to experience mental health issues in workplace

According to new research from Mind, men are more likely to experience mental health problems in their workplace than women. They surveyed 15,000 employees from 30 organisations and found that one in three men (32%) had mental health problems or poor mental health as a result of their jobs. This contrasts with one in five women (19%). Women's mental health was found to be more likely to be adversely affected by problems outside of work. This was the case for one [...]

Latest issue of UK EAPA member newsletter published!

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Latest issue of UK EAPA member newsletter published!

The latest issue of the UK EAPA member newsletter has been published and includes articles on the recent EAEF conference, changes to data protection legislation, the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse and an update on the latest EAPA research project. You can download a pdf version of the newsletter here, or email

UK EAPA supports Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse

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UK EAPA supports Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse

The Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse is a network of more than 100 companies and public sector organisations that have come together to exchange information about best practice, and to encourage, promote and develop action to help staff who are enduring domestic abuse, or who are perpetrators. The network builds on the work of the Vodafone Foundation's TecSOS project, an initiative that seeks to support victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable people through [...]

UK’s global wellbeing ranking drops from 3rd to 8th place, says new study

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UK's global wellbeing ranking drops from 3rd to 8th place, says new study

Wellbeing in the UK has dropped behind that of India, Thailand, China, Spain, UAE, Indonesia and New Zealand according to Cigna's annual 360-degree wellbeing survey. The study takes into account five main components of people's sense of wellbeing, including physical health, family and social lives, finance and work. UK employees who took part in the survey felt their position in each area had declined during 2016, with more than half (53%) reporting they [...]

EAPs supporting employees during times of crisis

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EAPs supporting employees during times of crisis

In an article published this week in Employee Benefits, the role of employers to ensure their employees are safe is explored in the aftermath of critical incidents such as terrorist attacks or the recent and tragic Grenfell Tower fire. The article emphasises the importance of having a clear critical incident response policy in place which address both [...]

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 [...]

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