Behavioral Health & EAP

Why should Employers care about behavioral health?

From the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities:
Research indicates that if Ohio wants to have a workforce known for low absenteeism, excellent job performance, low disability rates and low on-the-job accident rates, the key lies within our response to addressing alcohol, drug addiction and mental health disorders.

Behavioral Health: Developing a Better Understanding titled “Unleashing Workforce Productivity” focuses on the benefits of prevention and treatment for behavioral health and how it decreases absenteeism, disability rates and on-the-job accidents, while increasing job performance.

According to a recent Workplace Options survey, 38 percent of employees work with or know someone who works with an employee who suffers from a mental health issue. In addition, nearly half (41 percent) of working adults polled took four to nine days off of work in the past year to deal with a personal, friend, family member or co-worker’s mental health issue. Full story

 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes the effectiveness of EAPs. In its Small Business Workplace Kit, it cites employee assistance as one of the five components that can contribute to a drug-free workplace.

Calling EAPs "an extremely effective vehicle for addressing and resolving poor workplace performance that may stem from an employee's personal problems, including alcohol and drug abuse," the DOL indicates that employee assistance programs "clearly demonstrate employers' responsiveness and respect for their staff."

In addition, it points out that "EAPs also offer an alternative to dismissal and minimize an employer's legal vulnerability because they clearly show a company's effort to accommodate troubled employees."