EASNA Offers an Effective New Tool for Businesses to Improve Productivity and
to Lower Costs through an Employee Assistance Program

ARLINGTON, VA, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) is launching a comprehensive guide for employers and purchasers interested in selecting or evaluating an employee assistance provider. EASNA's Selecting and Strengthening Employee Assistance Programs: A Purchaser's Guide is now available as a free download from the EASNA website (www.easna.org). "Years of work have been invested by EASNA and others to develop this comprehensive guide and make it available to the business community. It's an important achievement for EASNA that will benefit businesses and organizations focused on improving their organizational effectiveness, employee productivity and lowering costs," says EASNA President Phil Evans.

An employee assistance program (EAP) is an employer-, union- or group-sponsored program that provides preventive and supportive services to workplaces and employees to help employees remain productive on the job. EAP services typically include consultation to management, confidential counseling resources for a wide range of workplace and personal issues, response to crises and workplace events, 24-hour access to counselors, mental health support, and wellness solutions.

More than two dozen industry professionals - researchers, providers, practitioners, and consultants - created EASNA's Guide. It references more than 100 research studies and reflects more than 20 years of research and practice in Canada and the United States. The comprehensive report addresses three major themes facing organizations interested in EAPs: building the business case for why the organization needs an EAP and the return on investment it delivers; practical factors to consider in selecting an EAP provider; and best practices for how to implement, promote and strengthen EAP services.

EASNA's Guide is a resource for individuals and organizations that purchase or advise on the purchase of EAP services, including brokers and employee benefits consultants, human resource professionals, procurement managers, EAP professionals, researchers, and students in the field of behavioral healthcare. EASNA's Guide can support for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, consortia, unions, and governmental agencies.

EASNA is an association focused on advancing knowledge, research, and best practices toward achieving healthy and productive workplaces. Comprised of thought leaders and change agents, EASNA focuses on ensuring that the EAP field continues to grow and flourish by broadening its base of engaged and committed stakeholders.

SOURCE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

For further information: For further information: Bob McLean, (703) 416-0060, bmclean@easna.org

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