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. 39, No. 1, January

Advocating for a Positive Workplace: EAPs Can Play a Leadership Role in Helping Employers Promote Employee Well-Being and Identify and Enhance Workers' Existing Strengths
With the gradual retirement of the Baby Boom generation and the resulting struggle to find new talent, improving the quality of workplace life will become an important competitive consideration. Nurturing a positive organizational climate that promotes...
An Owner's Manual for a Recession
As I write this column, the holiday season is in full swing, but the mood is anything but festive. Everything is down--the economy, the stock markets, corporate profits, and public morale. The only things going up, it seems, are the unemployment rate...
Attitudes toward Substance Abuse and Recovery Differ According to Age, Sex
Most Americans are supportive of people in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse and believe that prevention and treatment efforts can work, but attitudes vary among different demographic groups, according to survey results released by the Substance...
Congress Equalizes Coverage for Mental and Physical Health Care
Insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse conditions must be at least as generous as coverage for physical health problems, thanks to parity legislation that passed Congress last fall and was signed into law in October. The legislation,...
Minimizing the Impact of Layoffs on Front-Line Managers: Ensuring That Layoffs Are Conducted Fairly Can Help Reduce Negative Feelings among Managers Who Must Give Notice to Workers
As we enter what could possibly be a deep recession, we can expect to see a surge in the number of mass layoffs. A long line of research has established that being laid off can produce psychological, economic, and social distress. (1) More recently,...
Most Workers Not Held to Ethical Performance or Conduct Standards
Fewer than half of human resources professionals say their organizations include ethical conduct as part of employees' performance appraisals, and most feel their employers have a "clean it up" rather than "prevent it" mindset about addressing ethical...
Providing Training for EAP Affiliates: Continuous Training of Network Affiliates Is Critical to Ensuring That Both Clients and Providers Develop Manageable Expectations about Service Delivery
EAS (Employee Assistance Services) is a company that provides employee assistance programs to different businesses in Chile. The programs cover around 12,900 workers, which entails 45,200 eligible persons when considering family groups. EAS provides...
Responding to the Economic Crisis: The EAP for a Wall Street Firm on the Front Lines of the Market Meltdown Is Tailoring Its Response to Meet the Needs of Different Groups of Workers
Twice in the past seven years, the Merrill Lynch EAP has faced a crisis situation that has hit especially close to home. In 2001, employees at Merrill Lynch headquarters, located across the street from the World Trade Center site, were personally affected...
Responding to Workers' Financial Crises: Employers and EAPS Can Help Workers Address the Symptoms and Underlying Causes of Economic Stress by Adopting a "Financial Triage" Approach That Incorporates a Money Coach
With more and more people losing their homes to foreclosure and filing for bankruptcy each day, the current financial crisis is creating a ripple effect that is affecting all facets of society, If the economy continues to weaken, as many analysts believe...
Using Web 2.0 to Benefit EA Professionals: Savvy Employee Assistance Professionals Will Find That Using Web 2.0 Concepts and Technologies Can Enhance Their Practice
Use of the Internet is exploding, with European penetration estimated at 48.1 percent of the adult population and U.S. penetration (the highest in the world) at close to 74 percent. Worldwide usage has grown more than 300 percent since 2000 and shows...