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. 35, No. 1, March

Aging Workers, Changing Value: Employers That Want to Benefit from Aging Workers' Changing Value Will Need to Show They Are Committed to Their Ongoing Development and Respectful of Their Unique Needs
The shrinking of the developed world's workforce is a frightening concept--and one that is quickly becoming a reality As millions of aging baby boomers approach retirement and birth rates in North America, Europe, and other parts of the developed world...
A Preventive Approach to Retirement: To Help Head off the Psychological, Social, and Family Issues That Arise during Retirement, an Employer Teamed with Its EAP Provider to Develop a Preventive Plan of Action
A person who retires from work experiences a huge change in his/her life. Leaving one's job inevitably implies the modification of actions that often have been followed for many long years: awaking at a certain time, leaving home and traveling to a...
Benefits Strategies for Aging Workers: Older Workers Will Become More Valuable to Employers in Coming Years, and EAPs That Offer Services to Meet Aging Employees' Special Needs Will Be Better Positioned to Help Firms Attract and Retain These Workers
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" These lyrics from Paul McCartney and John Lennon were very meaningful when they were written back in 1967. Today, we would need to change the age from 64 to 94 for the question to be relevant....
Disease Management May Not Cut Health Costs
Studies of disease management programs fail to provide any conclusive evidence they cut healthcare costs, though the programs may be of value even if they don't, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In response to a request by the...
Helping Older Workers Remain Productive: Technological Devices Developed for People with Disabilities Can Help Aging Workers Remain Highly Productive and Enable Employers to Avoid the Pitfalls of Losing Experienced Workers and Suffering a Labor Shortage
A dramatic transformation is taking place in the U.S. labor force: it is turning gray. By the end of this decade, more than 51 percent of American workers will be 40 or older, a 33 percent increase since 1980. By 2020, the number of American workers...
Internet Addiction Prevention and Education: Preventive Education Training Can Reduce Problematic Internet Use in the Workplace and Help Employers Create a Work Environment That Encourages Identification and Treatment of Addictive Online Behaviors
This is the second of two articles exploring Internet addiction and the workplace; the first discussed how employee assistance professionals can help workers understand the factors underlying their online habits and reintegrate former activities into...
Making Employee Communication Work: Recognizing Employees as a Core Constituency within Work Organizations Is Central to Creating and Maintaining Open Communication and Helping Regain the Trust and Credibility of Line Employees and Supervisors
We all know the parlor game where one person whispers a message into the ear of a second person, who then whispers what he or she heard into the ear of a third person. The game continues in this manner until the last person speaks the message aloud...
Meeting the Needs of an Aging Workforce
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 95 percent of Americans over 65 who are willing and able to work are working, either full-time or part-time. Employment data reveal a similar pattern in many European nations. In much of the developed...
New Strategies for Older Workers
Raise your hand if you are what is now called a "mature worker," which, according to some articles I've read, means an employee over 45. If you raised your hand, you're in good company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were 61 million...
Promoting Healthy Weight: Developing Messages That Encourage Maintaining a Healthy Weight and Using Motivational Interviewing to Help Workers Commit to Changing Their Behavior Are Essential to Successful Interventions with Overweight and Obese Workers
This is the second of two articles on promoting healthy lifestyles in the workplace. The previous article discussed how EAPs can help workers maintain a healthy weight and assist employers in keeping their healthcare costs under control. Nearly...
Rising Health Costs Force Workers to Skimp on Saving
As more employers shift healthcare costs to employees through higher co-pays and deductibles, workers are responding by contributing less money to retirement plans and savings accounts, according to a poll by the Employee Benefits Research Institute...
The Value Equation
We in the employee assistance profession regularly talk about the impact of our services on employee-related costs. We use cost arguments to sell the EAP concept, and we are always on the lookout for research that demonstrates how EA services lower...
To Party or Not to Party: Holiday Parties and Other Social Activities Can Contribute to Building Community in the Workplace, but Only If They Reflect the Values the Company Espouses during the Week and Its Leaders Model through Their Behavior
As I write this article, the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/ New Year's holidays are fast approaching. Many workplaces will celebrate these holidays with social activities, typically luncheons or after-hours parties. Attendance at these parties often is...