Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) – HR, a vehicle for Begin Here

How nice would it be if, when your mom, dad or partner died, your employer gave you this book to help you? For me, as an employee or an employer, that would create a whole new dynamic to the working relationship – a better one – even if it was good already.

In the past six months, I have seen increased interest from HR personnel regarding the book/toolkit. As an employer or an employee, Begin Here would be a great resource for your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, have them contact me at kat [at] HelpingSurvivorsManage.com.

The first exposure to an EAP for me was in 1984 when I worked for Eastman Kodak Processing Plant in Palo Alto, California. I was hired right out of high school (moved from Illinois) as an inspector, to check the quality of photographs processed through the plant. It was a fun job (and educational – to say the least – to this naïve Midwestern 18 year old girl) and it was my first learning experience working for a large company. Kodak had great benefits, and one benefit was the EAP which focused on the employee’s whole health, including mental, familial and personal. I remember most hearing “if you or someone in your family has a substance abuse problem, the EAP can help” and I was thrilled to know that employers actually cared about the well being of a person and their family, not just how much the employee can produce for said employer. Employees and their families use EAPs to help manage issues that could negatively affect their work and personal lives. EAP providers typically offer support and if needed, referrals to additional resources. Take advantage of this wonderful benefit, if your company provides it, it can only help.  Peace…

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One Response to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) – HR, a vehicle for Begin Here

  1. Ryan Lee says:

    It is of paramount importance that employers encourage and support their employees during the grieving process. It is a sign of a great employer that they would offer such a practical and useful tool to their employees.

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