Definitions for "Employee Assistance Programs"
Workplace programs designed to help identify, educate, rehabilitate, and return the physically or emotionally impaired individual to the job. These programs may include helping employees gain access to health, legal and social services and to control specific conditions (e.g., chemical dependency, gambling, hypertension, stress, etc.).
Provide coverage for an employee to receive counseling without having to be off work.
These are confidential counseling and referral programs for employees that have issues concerning their personal and/or professional lives. They have diversified to covering family problems, mental health issues, legal and financial concerns and work-life challenges involving the elderly. The fees are paid by the employer, and almost all EAPs are underutilized by the employer's workforce.