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why implement an EAP?

 Origins of EAPs
 Why Implement an EAP?
 Benefits of EAPs

With the advent of the 21st century, rapidly shifting demographic trends, technological advances, and economic globalization have brought about increased expansion opportunities for business organizations worldwide.  This has led to increased demands for a highly skilled workforce that can support greater productivity.

As a result, today‚Äôs workforce is confronted with a host of new challenges.  Aside from dealing with daily stressors such as long commutes and finding the time and energy to care for young children and ailing parents, the modern workforce has to contend with new technologies which blur the boundary between home and work.

At a macro level, there may be additional concerns about global economic factors that potentially impact job security¹.  For many individuals, negotiating these unfamiliar and sometimes competing demands can be a source of great stress.

Stress exerts huge tolls on quality of life both inside and outside the workplace. Indeed, mental health issues and substance abuse problems are major concerns for employers, and continue to be leading causes of illness and lost work productivity in organizations worldwide¹.  Whilst the majority of these stressors are either preventable or modifiable, few employers have found successful strategies to reduce the negative effects of chronic stressors.

This gap can be filled by an EAP.  Indeed, when utilized as a first-line response to providing prevention, triage, and short-term problem-resolution services within an organization, EAPs can substantially contribute to workplace wellness and productivity.

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