• Shameshia Benton

Keep Your Coins: Free Resource

Keep some cash in your pocket and take advantage of free resources offered to you.

Employee Assistance Programs are some of the most underused free resources offered by your employer at no cost to you. They talked about EAP during the part of orientation you tuned out and forgot about 😂🤷🏾‍♀️. Some benefits may even be available to your dependents.

Why are employers offering free programs that may actually be beneficial to you? Countless research studies have found that employees that are physically and mentally healthy are more productive at work. So it is in the employer's best interest to provide different levels of support to its employees. Most companies have EAP‘s although smaller businesses may not, so ask if your are unsure.

Assistance offered by EAP’s vary and may include support services for the following:

  • Mental health

  • Substance abuse

  • Financial

  • Legal

  • Caregiver Support

  • Stress Management

  • Self Improvement Workshops

  • Smoking Cessation

How to access your EAP

Contact your Human Resource department and request EAP information or search your companies employee website. Beware that you do not have to share specific details with your employers about your situation (don’t tell all your business at least not yet 🤐) when requesting EAP contact information.

Always ask the EAP provider about what information can and cannot be shared with your employer.

Lastly, there are some downsides and less desirable aspects of EAP programs such as session and resource limits, access difficulty, and sometimes poor customer service.

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