Employee assistance programmes

Many employers offer an employee assistance programme (EAP) to staff. This is an employer-paid scheme that allows employees to contact an independent adviser on a confidential basis to discuss any issue that is troubling them, causing stress or interfering with effective job performance or attendance.

Academic staff suffer ‘epidemic’ of poor mental health

There is an “epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff, according to Freedom of Information requests gathered from...

Supporting employees who are exposed to traumatic birth

1 Mar 2019

Thousands of women will go through a frightening or traumatic birth, the effects of which will continue to impact on...

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In-work poverty and the role of HR

7 Jan 2019

Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert believes...

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Staff question level of mental health support offered by employers

3 Dec 2018

Four in 10 staff say their employer does not offer mental health support in any form, despite increasing awareness of...

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Government must fulfil promises to keep carers in work

29 Nov 2018

The government has been urged to act on the Conservative Party’s 2017 pledge to introduce specific employment rights for working...

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Members of the Comply Direct team pick up their employee benefits prize from Alex Jones of The One Show and Rob Moss, editor of Personnel Today at the 2018 Personnel Today Awards ceremony

Comply Direct cleans up with Employee Benefits Award

21 Nov 2018

Packaging, environmental and waste management compliance business Comply Direct landed the Employee Benefits Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2018...

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Health secretary: employers must do more on prevention

5 Nov 2018

Schemes such as free fruit in offices, bicycle loans, support for ill employees and counselling should be the new norm...

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Mental health presenteeism on the rise

10 Oct 2018

People are more likely to turn up to work despite a mental health problem according to an annual survey of...

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EAPs justify investment according to new benchmark

3 Oct 2018

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) deliver return on investment according to data suggesting that employers can typically save more than £12...

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Employee assistance calls for mental health issues rise by nearly a third

18 Sep 2018

Calls made to employee assistance programmes (EAPs) by workers seeking help for a mental health issue have risen by almost...

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Two-thirds don’t offer specific mental health support for workers abroad

13 Aug 2018

Just a third of businesses with staff who work abroad have a specific mental health policy in place, a survey...

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‘Significant’ sickness absence more likely at larger employers than smaller firms

10 Aug 2018

Organisations with 250 or more staff are more likely to have a ‘significant’ absence issue than smaller businesses, with sickness...

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Wellbeing technology in the workplace: implantable sensors

Wellbeing technology in the workplace: trending now and in future 

4 Jan 2018

In part two of a major guide, Stephen Haynes looks at emerging wellbeing technology in the workplace that has the...

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Research on EAPs shows employers are missing out on all the benefits

3 Aug 2017

Research on employee assistance programmes suggests they are valued by employees, but employers are not yet gaining all the potential...

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Why employers should address loneliness in the workplace

1 Aug 2017

With many employees feeling socially isolated at work, there are many ways employers can help prevent loneliness in the workplace,...

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