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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Definition - What does Employee Assistance Program (EAP) mean?

Employee assistance programs are programs that are set up by employers to aid employees with certain problems. These programs include offering short-term counseling and referrals to health professionals for longer treatments. The goal is to help employees more effectively deal with problems that would otherwise increase absenteeism and decrease productivity.

Justipedia explains Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee assistance programs were initially designed to help companies deal with alcohol-related problems with their employees. However, now they deal with a much wider range of issues. For example, many modern EAPs deal with gambling addictions, marriage counseling, crisis management, financial difficulties, etc. These programs really allow companies to try to intervene and help employees before their issues become too large that they seriously impact work performance. Many employers have realized that happy and healthy workers are more productive. EAPs are a response to this realization.

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