Helps users improve their relationships and become more productive at
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Just in time for Valentine's Day, Morneau
Shepell Ltd., under the Shepell•fgi Employee Assistance Program (EAP),
has launched the new online Enhancing Your Relationship Program that
helps individuals and couples achieve a greater overall understanding
of and satisfaction in their intimate relationships. Users are able to
access the program anytime, anywhere and can work through relationship
exercises and resources at their own pace and convenience.
"One of the top three issues people reach out to us for assistance each
year is about their relationships," says Barb Veder, Clinical Director,
Morneau Shepell. "We continually receive questions such as 'what
defines a healthy relationship?' 'how can I improve my relationship
with my partner?,' and 'how do I ensure that my partner and I can
really talk to and hear each other?'"
The program educates participants on the key principles of healthy
relationships. Users can access resources on their own or work through
them with their partner. As they move through the program, they will
explore their own responses to the way they currently think about their
Expert articles and videos serve as a starting point to educate
participants on communication, conflict resolution, etc. and encourage
behavioural and attitudinal change. Users have the flexibility to
choose resources customized to their needs and preferences, including
ordering additional expert-chosen reading materials online, and
navigating interactive activities, quizzes, exercises and resource
guides. Fun features include the ability to send interactive 'Love
Coupons' to their special someone.
The program is a result of Morneau Shepell's mandate to increase
awareness around mental health in the workplace. Explains Veder, "High
work stress has been linked to marital conflict, family stress, and
poor performance in both work and family roles. Conversely, we also
witness the toll that problematic personal relationships take on
workplace productivity and engagement. Everything is connected."
The costs of unhealthy relationships are not trivial. Studies indicate
that employers could reduce absenteeism by 6.5% and save $1 billion per
year in direct costs if they eliminate high levels of work-to-family
interference. Employees with high work-to-family interference are also
6.7 times more likely to say they would leave their jobs to have more
time for themselves and their families. Other studies show that divorce
can affect employee productivity and effectiveness for three to five
years, or longer.
The online Enhancing Your Relationship Program is best suited for
individuals who are looking to improve their relationships and are at
ease using online solutions. It's also ideal for those who prefer to
work through things at their own speed.
"It is clear that there is a direct connection between employees'
healthy personal relationships and workplace productivity," says Rita
Fridella, Senior Vice-President, Operations and Chief Clinician,
Morneau Shepell. "Our online relationship program provides timely
support while also catering to our client's demand for online products,
perfectly complementing our existing EAP mental health and work/life
The online Enhancing Your Relationship Program is available to EAP
members and their families by calling the Care Access Centre or via
Online Access (Canada) at workhealthlife.com.
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop end-to-end insights and solutions that integrate with their
business strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and Health
Solutions Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management,
Administration Solutions and Shepell•fgi's Employee Assistance Program,
Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee
productivity, and improve their competitive positions by supporting
their employees' financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States and around the globe.
Morneau Shepell Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit www.morneaushepell.com.
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