Employee Assistance Programs

“…a cost-effective way for employers to help their employees resolve personal problems and ultimately restore productivity to the workplace.”

When personal problems become overwhelming, the resulting stress can be felt in every aspect of a person’s life-family relationships, friendships, job performance and leisure activities. On the job, they have a serious impact on overall productivity, attendance, attitude, and commitment to the job.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), first developed 40 to 50 years ago, have become a cost-effective way for employers to help their employees resolve personal problems and ultimately restore productivity to the workplace.

A Conference Board of Canada Survey in 1999 showed that EAPs effectively reduced employee stress in 66% of organizations and absenteeism in 50% of organizations.

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WRITTEN BY
Dr. Edgardo Pérez
Edgardo Pérez, MD, is past CEO of Homewood Health Centre and President of Homewood Corporation, and a psychiatrist.
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