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Tom’s Take: We know that more and more employees are dealing with increased stress both inside and outside the workplace these days, and that employee assistance programs (EAPs) can be a helpful, effective way to help them address their concerns and work toward healthy solutions.

 

So, I think the big question here is really this: WHY aren’t more people using these resources when they can often access them for free? Here are some of the things that seem to be hindering utilization:

 

 

EAPs are a valuable, necessary resource – but if they’re not being used, our workplaces (and employees) will suffer. As employers who offer them, we need to put forth the effort to clear up the confusion about how they work and also be more proactive about educating and encouraging employees to use this part of their benefit plan.