Historically EAPs have partnered with companies to improve the lives of their employees with counseling and mentoring opportunities to address stresses of all kinds. The US Surgeon General has estimated that 75% of all illnesses can be attributed to lifestyle-related causes. Being proactive in identifying needs before they become deal-breakers for growth and productive employment is the goal. The business case has been made again and again that dealing with stress, whether work related issues or personal or family issues, saves money in the long run by saving good employees, lowering health insurance costs, and helping to build or preserve a productive workplace environment.
The Era of Worksite
The National Business Group on Health ran a survey in 2006 and summarized the benefits of worksite wellness programs showing a 56% increase in morale; 27% reduction in health care costs; 9% reduction in accidents on the job; 8% reduction in absenteeism; and an 8% increase in productivity. (Retrieved from http:/www.businessgrouphealth.org)
The US Department of Health and Social Services reported “for every $1 spent on health initiatives, companies save an average of $3 of health related expenses and almost $6 on absenteeism.”
The American Journal of Health Promotion Survey concluded that “Nationally, health improvement programs of some kind are being offered by over 80% of worksites with 50 or more employees.” More and more employers are seeing the benefits of improving the culture of their environs and encouraging healthier lifestyles.
Years ago, EAPs realized the unique position they have to intermingle other aspects of health and wellness to the coaching, education and mental health services of the traditional Employee Assistance Program. We understand the roadblocks that frequently undermine people’s best intentions when it comes to making lifestyle changes like losing weight, becoming more active or quitting smoking. Companies can set up numerous programs often to become discouraged by lack of participation or continued enthusiasm.
Directions EAP can be an important part of your wellness team by offering ideas, support and resources for all of those issues, both for the individual employee and for companies trying to seriously address the health of all of their employees.
“It was very easy to use this service. It was VERY helpful. I am thankful I work for an organization that supports all forms of health.” Directions EAP Counseling Client
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