Want to Shorten FMLA Leaves? Tap your EAP.

While there is plenty of information available about the abuses of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the remedies thereto, there is less discussion about how offering even further assistance can shorten the average length of FMLA cases. Wait! Offer more assistance? When a person is already on FMLA?  Seems counterintuitive.  Unless you think […]

Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and one place organizers will look to promote it is in the workplace. The World Health Organization reports mental disorders as 1 of the 3 leading causes of disability, which impacts both employees’ and their caregivers’ health and well-being. Undiagnosed or untreated conditions can increase absenteeism and diminish overall work […]

EAP Outcomes: What’s in a Number?

For many of us, with statistics, top five lists and poll results flashing and streaming by us daily, the answer to the title question above is “not much.”  Just more data.  But in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) field, which for years has relied on anecdote and story to demonstrate its value, more data— specifically […]

5 Keys to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program

A workplace wellness program supports healthy behaviors and improves health outcomes.  These programs consist of activities, such as health education and coaching, weight management programs, medical screenings, on-site fitness programs and more. Not only do they support healthy behaviors, but they are also cost-effective. Here are 5 key elements of a comprehensive workplace wellness program: […]

The Easiest Way to Control Your Response to Stress

You are at work drowning in paperwork and deadlines. The feeling of panic is setting in, and your coworker says to you, “Just take a deep breath.” It’s a phrase that we all have heard and have rolled our eyes at. This may sound the same as telling someone on an angry rampage to simply […]

Microaggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions are becoming more and more common in the workplace.  They are defined as “subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.” In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons; demean them […]

Romantic Relationships are Hard

No matter your background and upbringing, relationships are hard. Blending your life with someone else’s requires compromises—hopefully on both ends—to figure out a comfortable balance. Depending on various factors, finding that comfy spot is easier for some than others. One of those weighty factors is your own upbringing. Your emotional experience with your own parents […]

How to Deal with a Difficult Coworker

“I just can’t stand catty people! Why do I have to deal with such people at work? I am ready to walk out!” As an EAP counselor, one of the most frequent workplace issues I discuss with clients is that of difficult coworkers and employees. The most challenging can be the catty coworker—the one who […]

Combat Rising Healthcare Costs With This Unique Approach

When it comes to healthcare, employers are continually looking for new ways to reduce costs. Traditional benefit strategies used over the last few years are losing their ability to bend the cost curve as future projections show little slowdown in the healthcare cost increases. What’s a business leader to do? Take a deeper dive into […]

Using Technology to Increase EAP Utilization

2017 is being hailed as the Year of the Chatbot. So says David Horton of Synechron, one of the fastest growing digital technology consulting firms in the U.S.   Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, stated earlier this year at the Microsoft Build Conference that “bots are the new apps.”  Just as we are getting used to Siri […]