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benefits of EAP

 Origins of EAPs
 Why Implement an EAP?
 Benefits of EAPs

There is a wealth of research findings highlighting the benefits of EAPs¹. For instance, recent studies have shown that having happy, healthy, and engaged employees is good for a company’s bottom line².  A recent Gallup study reports that the annual per-person cost of lost productivity due to sick days among the least happy and least engaged workers is upward of USD28,000.  In contrast, the sick-day lost-productivity cost among the happiest and most engaged workers: USD $840 a year².

Another study demonstrated that psychologically healthy employees work harder and “smarter” on the job – they are more focused on work activities and less likely to waste time on non-productive activities.  Last but not least, employees who are psychologically well and happy are more likely to stay with their current organization³.

The benefits of psychologically healthy employees are not just limited to workplace productivity and job performance.  According to the Gallup study, employees who indicated that they liked their jobs were twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall.  They reported strong relationships, effective money management, good health and engagement in their communities, relative to disengaged and unhappy employees.

In addition, disengaged and unhappy workers reported higher levels of stress and were twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression.  They were also at greater risk for heart disease and other medical problems.

In summary, EAPs play a critical role in identifying and addressing individual and organizational risk factors which may impact upon workplace performance.
This can lead to a multitude of positive outcomes, including:

◊  Reduced employee absenteeism and unplanned absences
◊  Improved workplace morale and employee motivation
◊  Enhanced work-life balance
◊  Increased job performance and productivity
◊  More effective management of HR issues by line managers
◊  More effective mitigation of business risks and lower business costs
◊  Better employee retention

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