EAP Corner

Caring For Employees’ Well-Being

Most of us manage our lives successfully. There are times, however, when personal problems interfere with relationships, job performance, and physical health. Everyone can benefit from help when these difficulties arise. That’s why Wholeness Healing Center is providing a benefit program for employers to offer called an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

According to the Department of Labor study, “What Works: Workplaces Without Drugs,” for every dollar invested in an EAP, employers generally save anywhere from $5 to $16. (United States Department of Labor, 1995) Research claims that employee use of EAPs has been shown to result in the following:

  • 66% decline in absenteeism after alcohol abusers have been identified
  • 75% reduction in inpatient alcohol and other drug abuse treatment costs
  • 33% decline in the use of sickness benefits
  • 65% decline in work-related accidents
  • 30% decline in worker’s compensation claims

Further research has revealed that the way organizations treat employees has a strong impact on employee loyalty. When employees receive support from their organizations, they are more likely to feel that the organization values their wellbeing. Such support can increase the chances that an employee will stay committed to the organization, both mentally and physically, according to the 2008 “Academy of Management” journal article. (Gaynor, 2011)

According to a study published in 2007 in “Health Affairs,” some employers are not aware of issues relating to employee well-being and work performance. The study found that few employers were aware of the challenges related to caring for a special needs child, even though approximately 13 percent to 15 percent of American children have some type of special need, such as that related to a learning disability. The researchers also noted that few of the 41 employers they interviewed displayed an interest in discussing health insurance enhancements for children with special needs. (Gaynor, 2011)

These are just a few areas in which the benefits of our Employee Assistance Program can enhance the quality of life for employees and their families. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Wholeness Healing EAP
Administrator, at 382-5297, ext. 127.

Works Cited

Gaynor, A. (2011, June 14). Employee & family assistance program. Retrieved May 14, 2012, from Livestrong: www livestrong.com.

United States Department of Labor. (1995). Retrieved May 15, 2012, from elaws: www.dol.gov.

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  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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