Why Employers Should Offer an Employee Assistance Programme

An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a service offered by employers to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their employees. The programme offers counselling for employees and their families to support the pressures of work and needs of home and personal life. Employees have direct access to psychological care and can get a quick response so that counselling can occur within a few days. Through reducing your employees’ stress and improving their mental wellbeing, employees will be more productive, have better work relationships and need fewer days off work.

An Employee Assistance Programme can be a singular service for employees or can be built into a cash plan or as part of Income Protection Cover. While helping to create a healthy and happy workforce, and EAP can save you money in the long term. This is because employees working while mentally ill may be more unproductive, in addition to missing work due to ill health.

1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace according to the Mental Health Foundation

Evidence from the ONS shows that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions

NHS reports say that better health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year

BDHL can provide a full market review that will source the right product for your company, providing a report that highlights the most suitable options. We can use our expertise and experience in offering Employee Assistance Programmes to ensure that you get the most benefit from your investment, and your employees appreciate the effort. Once in place, we will help promote the programmes and their benefits to all your staff.

If you’re interested in offering employee benefits in Kent, UK or worldwide then get in touch with BDHL now and we can talk you through the various options available that could be suitable for your business. Or call us on +44 (0)1892 891 900