An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a short term, confidential service that provides a total of 3 counselling and therapy sessions for an employee and their immediate family. It is designed to enhance and assist the emotional, mental, and general psychological wellbeing of all employees. EAP’s provide support on a range of areas including:
- trauma, grief and loss,
- work/life effectiveness,
- communication skills,
- financial support
These sessions are completed through confidential phone calls.
An EAP is paid for by the employer so that employees can access confidential counselling and wellbeing support without being out of pocket. It’s a great way to support teams and demonstrate a commitment to mental health and wellbeing.
Uprise at AroFlo
Uprise provided the best fit as an EAP as it aligns with AroFlo’s commitment to face mental wellbeing with a proactive and preventative approach. Uprise goes above and beyond the standard services that an EAP offers to ensure a high level of support is provided.
Uprise combines multiple wellbeing initiatives into a single, easy to use platform for employees. It has an app and also a desktop version.
The initiatives for employees include:
- Upskill: proactively learn skills such as meditation, cognitive behavior therapy, positive psychology, and psychological safety
- Coaching: work one on one with a life coach to resolve specific issues during a 30-minute session
- Therapy: work one on one with a counselor or psychologist for individual support during a 60-minute session
- Training: proactively learn how to help yourself and others with their mental health
There are many ways that an EAP is beneficial for a business to offer for their employees. In fact, businesses have been known to receive a positive return on investment (ROI) of 5-10x what they invest. This ROI comes from improvements in perceived company support, reduced stress, productivity, morale, reduced turnover, reduced WorkCover claims and reduced absenteeism.
An EAP can also be an important steppingstone for businesses to build a culture of wellness. As a team starts to talk about wellbeing more openly, individuals are more likely to reach out for help before they reach a crisis point. It also helps to reduce the overall stigma of asking for help as EAP counselling can be viewed in a similar way to getting a physical checkup from your GP. They are also more likely to stay with the company, as they are able to work through any issues they have regardless of whether they are workplace related.