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. 40, No. 4, October

20 Years of EAP Cost Research: Taking the Productivity Path to ROI: This Promising Strategy Can Be Accomplished with Far Fewer Operational Costs Than Traditional Claims-Based ROI Studies-And in Far Less Time
In part 1 of this three-part series (Attridge, 2010a), I revisited the methodology and major findings of the 1990 claims-based cost-offset study of the Employee Assistance Program at the McDonnell Douglas Corp. In part 2 (see the last issue of JEA),...
Conducting an EAP Evaluation Using the Workplace Outcome Suite: The WOS Was Created Largely as a Way to Improve the Empirical Basis of Claims That an EA Professional Might Make about EAP to an Employer ... Here's How to Use It
In previous articles, the authors described the need for improved measurement of workplace outcomes in EAPs (see the Journal of Employee Assistance, 4th Quarter of 2009, pages 18-19) and introduced a measurement tool specifically designed for EAPs...
Defining Success in a Changing World
Welcome to the newly redesigned and updated Journal of Employee Assistance! Aside from our colorful flesh look, you can expect new cutting edge features, including regular columns "Legal Lines" by EAP legal expert Sandra G. Nye, J.D., MSW and "Tech...
Here's What Some Researchers Had to Say about the McDonnell Douglas Series
"There remain a small group of dedicated researchers in the EAP evaluation field who provide fact-based outcome studies on a regular basis. They are joined on occasion by individuals who write about their individual worksites to further enhance our...
Incorporating Social Media in Your EAP Practice
I am often asked what are the most important steps that non-tech-savvy EAP professionals and providers can take to help build their businesses. Step one is to do a merciless inventory of your skills and your available time, as this will inform your...
Is EAP an ERISA-Covered Benefit? It Depends on the Specific Plan
ERISA, an acronym for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, is a federal law that sets minimum standards for certain employee benefit plans in private industry. ERISA governs health insurance, 401k, profit sharing and some severance...
SBIRT at Work the "BIG" Initiative
John Pompe, manager of disability and behavioral health programs at Caterpillar, Inc. states, "Alcohol and substance-related problems present a clear threat to employers in terms of productivity loss, safety, employee engagement, use of supervisory...
The Key Role of Participant Observation in Organizational Consultation: "Participant Observation Is a Well-Established Research Technique That Can Be Used to Support the EA Core Technology of Organizational Consultation."
Employee Assistance Core Technology was introduced in the mid-1980s to identify those methods, techniques, and activities that were distinct to the field of EA practice (Roman and Blum 1985, 1988). Although the field has changed significantly during...
Web Watch
American Psychological Association Therapist's Guide for Preparing a Professional Will http://kspope.com/therapistas/will.php A professional will is a plan for what happens if a therapist dies suddenly or is incapacitated without warning....
What EAPs Should Know about the DOT & SAP Process: EAPs Make Mistaken Assumptions and Generalizations about Requirements. This Article Examines Four of the "Trouble Spots."
Ever since the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) introduced its drug and alcohol testing law for 12 million employees in the transportation industry in 1995, employee assistance providers have played an important role in providing evaluation,...