An employee assistance program (EAP), within the context of occupational health and safety, refers to a voluntary employee benefit program that is offered by employers to help employees deal with personal issues and life challenges that adversely impact their health, job performance, and general well-being.
Workplace Testing Explains Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employers may commonly use an employee assistance program for a variety of reasons. EAP have been shown to cut the spending on medical costs, employee's health monitoring, reduce turnover and absenteeism, promote productivity, increase the ability of the employee to respond to challenges, management of workplace stress, planning for disaster or emergency situations.
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Promote Healthy Living
Healthy eating and exercise can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing and that of your employees. Encourage healthy behaviors via your EAP, Health Monitoring, webinars, or online alerts.
Consider hosting online physical activity sessions via a videoconferencing site. Even short periods of physical activity can improve wellbeing. Launch an online variation on the 7th inning stretch during meetings. Host online yoga, Pilates or workout sessions with experienced coaches. Send out reminders to your people to take a break and be active.
Exercise offers multiple benefits for mental health and well-being. In addition to improving physical health, it has a well-established mood-enhancing effect.
Embrace The Challenge And Strengthen Your Team
Understand that these are challenging times, for you, your managers and your employees. While no one has all the answers for the best way to handle the "new normal," offer resources where you can and launch initiatives that support health monitoring and well-being for everyone.
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