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Employment Assistance Programme

What is an Employee Assistance Programme?

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are employee benefit programmes . EAP are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and wellbeing. EAP generally include assessment, short-term counselling and referral services for employees .

Mental health in the workplace

At any moment, over 15% of people in the UK and Ireland are suffering in work with symptoms of a mental health condition. That’s one in six of your people struggling—right now—to get through their workday, perhaps silently.

So it’s not a shock to learn that people with a mental health problem are three times more likely to take a long-term sickness absence, and that’s a clear problem for businesses—but there’s an answer…

The most successful employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors introduce a positive culture around mental health at work. Not only does it help their people, it also improves their organisation’s performance. Here’s how.

Why mental health is important to your business

When you’re open about the importance of mental health, you help your employees’ emotional, psychological and social wellbeing through five clear benefits:

  1. Work becomes a happier place to be, which helps you attract the best talent.
  2. Employees become much more motivated and their work output improves.
  3. Your best people stay loyal to both you and your business, reducing staff turnover.
  4. Employees take fewer days off with mental health symptoms and, if they are unwell, they stay off work like they should.


Author: Jill • Last updated: May 17, 2019 4:36 pm