Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are the most common workforce mental health intervention in the UK. With close to half of the workforce, a total of almost 14m workers, having access to an EAP by their employer. Despite EAPs huge popularity and the faith that so many employers place in EAP, few providers or clients are able to collect systematic EAP evaluation data.
In a 2016 EAPA-funded review of current usage in the UK (Bajorek, 2016) The Work Foundation. It found that there are a number of methodological barriers to conducting detailed and systematic evaluations of Return On Investment. And it suggested that most EAPs, at minimum, covered their costs and that more work could be conducted to identify the main components of both costs and benefits at employer level. Following that, EAPA asked the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to carry out further applied research drawing on the Work Foundation analysis to create the EAP Calculator tool.
EAPA contributing partners
EAPA would like to expressly thank the contributing partners for the time and resources committed to create the EAP calculator tool and the ongoing support of the UK EAPA.
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The impact of EAP
EAPA set out with IES our research partner to understand the use, impact and reach of an EAP in today’s organisations.
Professor Stephen Bevan conducted the new research for IES during 2017-2018
Institute of Employment Studies
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