Employees are people. And because they are human, they are going to have problems. As their employer, you have two concerns when an employee is struggling with a life issue. You are concerned – obviously – when that employee’s production suffers as they struggle with issues in their lives, and as a co-worker, you feel empathy.
You want to help – both as employer and fellow human being. However, you start swimming in dangerous waters when you begin to delve into an employee’s personal life. Too much knowledge is not a good thing if a situation ever becomes litigious.
Fortunately, there is a way to help without becoming “involved”. An Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provides your employees with a wide range of confidential support — at no additional cost. Not only are assistance programs available for the everyday challenges of work and home, but for more serious issues involving emotional and physical well being:
> Childcare and/or eldercare referrals
> Personal relationship information
> Legal consultations with licensed attorneys
> Financial planning assistance
> Stress management
> Career development
Access is easy whether through a confidential telephone consultation, meeting face-to-face with a local consultant, and online via a library of downloadable materials and interactive tools.
EMT provides the UNUM Lifebalance program (www.lifebalance.net) free of charge to our clients’ employees.
These are the products and services that your employees are looking for, and help you attract and retain top talent by offering a competitive benefits package, and showing that you care.
If you would like to learn more about our Employee Assistance Program, or how to access these services, give us a call!