5 RESOURCES TO REMIND EMPLOYEES OF NOW
Most employees probably never think about the offerings provided by your Employee Assistance Program. But the unique challenges of widespread lockdown make some of those resources suddenly look a whole lot more interesting than they ever have.
Here are five benefits your EAP probably offers that employees may be more likely to need now than ever:
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Sheltering in place has a lot of generally well-balanced people on edge right now. Trying to work at home with significant others holding video calls in the next room, kids needing to be entertained and fed at regular intervals, and cats walking across keyboards present brand-new challenges. Remind employees that your EAP offers free phone counseling sessions, if it does.
The economic impact of the coronavirus has created whole new levels of financial stress, regardless of income levels. For some, it’s a sense of panic at diminished retirement portfolios. For others, it’s a sobering reminder that debt can make finances more precarious. For those with large credit card debt or other liabilities, debt reduction support may be a particularly timely benefit.
For employees with elderly parents needing care, the lockdown may raise concerns that run the gamut. Some may be wondering whether they should remove parents from their long-term care facilities and bring them home. Others might need to find visiting nurse services for an elder still living at home who suddenly shows signs of needing outside help. Let employees know that their EAP can help.
It’s one thing to work from home, and another thing entirely to work from home while your kids are rambling around the house unsupervised. Many parents are struggling with managing their work demands around the kids’ online classes and ongoing needs for attention, entertainment and constant snacks. They might like to know about some of the parenting tips available through your EAP.
WILL PREPARATION TOOLS
Writing a will is probably not on anybody’s list of things that sound like fun. But this is a unique time with an increased awareness of the fragility of life. It’s also a period when couples are likely to be at home together during the week with some time to spare, which makes it a great time to get those kind of major life chores knocked off the list. Let them know about your EAP’s legal benefits, like will prep.