The Journal of Employee Assistance

Investigates trends and developments affecting the workplace and workforce. The journal covers topics of legal and financial assistance programs and credentialing of employee programs.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, July

Addressing the Health Needs of Older Workers: As the Workforce Ages, EAPs Will Begin to Confront Physical and Mental Health Issues Different from Those of Younger Workers
In the United States and in most developed countries across the globe, the population is aging. People 65 years of age and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and 78 million "baby boomers" (more than one of every four Americans)...
Companies Not Using Health Centers to Full Potential
More companies are opening onsite health centers to help reduce their health costs, but many have no idea whether the centers are worth the investment, according to a study by Watson Wyatt, a global human resources consulting firm, and the National...
Developing a Trauma-Informed EAP Assessment: By Including Trauma-Informed Questions in Assessments, EA Professionals Can Make Better Referrals and Increase the Likelihood of Treatment Success
Assessment and referral services are the foundation of employee assistance. A comprehensive assessment lays the foundation for a plan of action and can guide the EA professional in making a referral that best matches the client's needs. Although...
Divorce, Presenteeism, and Mediation: Divorces and Other Family Disputes Can Prevent Employees from Giving Full Attention to Their Jobs. EAPs Can Help Workers Reduce the Cost and Stress of These Conflicts by Encouraging the Use of Mediation
Presenteeism, a term that is gaining increasing credibility in the human resources literature, refers to employees being unable to pay full attention to their jobs because they are distracted by personal issues. Presenteeism is distinct from productivity...
Mind, Body, and Employee Assistance
Walk into any bookstore these days and you'll probably see at least one shelf, if not an entire section, titled "Mind/Body" or something similar. Books devoted to this topic were mostly of Eastern origin 20 years ago, but now they are solidly part...
No Standard Exists for Emergency Preparedness
Although most U.S. companies have a formal, written plan for emergency preparedness, a widely adopted certification standard for such plans does not exist yet, according to the Conference Board. Three-quarters of 302 senior corporate executives...
Obesity Costs U.S. Companies Billions; Employees Say They Want Weight-Loss Help
The rate of obesity in the United States has doubled in the last 30 years, and those extra pounds are costing private-sector employers an estimated $45 billion annually in medical expenditures and work loss, according to a new report from the Conference...
Online Library Provides Resources for Preventing Traffic Accidents
A library that houses resources from around the world related to the prevention of road traffic injuries and deaths while at work is now accessible online. The library is being made available by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety...
Preventing or Reducing Common Health Problems: An EAP Can Provide Front-End Value within Integrated Health Plans by Introducing Clients to Services for Physical and Mental Issues
Employee assistance programs historically have shared an on again, off again "affair" with health care. Indeed, EAPs' genesis as a workplace intervention program for alcohol and drug abuse suggested a linkage to a domain traditionally governed by the...
Reducing Burnout among Hospital Professionals: EAPs Can Help Identify and Alleviate the Factors That Cause Burnout and Improve the Health and Performance of Hospital Staff
The provision of health care services is demanding work, both physically and psychologically. The around-the-clock responsibilities, the life-or-death nature of the services, and the lack of tolerance for error can exert intense psychological and physical...
The Limitations of Traditional EAP Metrics: The EA Profession Needs to Develop New Systems of Reporting That Can Illustrate the Value of the Services and Support EAPs Provide to Organizational Clients
Although the EAP industry and the employee assistance profession have changed considerably over the past several years, many basic questions about employee assistance remain unanswered. One such question is, How should EAP utilization be defined? ...