How to Help Employees Struggling Outside the Office

by Evil HR Lady on January 11, 2018

With the festivity of the holidays behind us, the upcoming winter months can be difficult. Five percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder, and more than 14 million adults suffer from depression, which can be exacerbated by short winter days.

Some things are personal and it’s best to stay removed, but if you notice that an employee is struggling with life outside of work, pay attention. Not only could it signal a serious problem, but it can also spill into work life, which will decrease productivity and increase the employee’s stress level.

Here are some ways you can help employees who find this time of year particularly rough.

1) Encourage Use of the EAP

Most companies have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This is an inexpensive way for your employees to get the help they need, when they need it. EAPs can provide referrals for therapy, financial help or legal advice, and the first visit with a specialist is often free or offered at a reduced price. Many employees forget that this is available to them, and a friendly reminder that help is available can save lives.

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Maria Rose January 12, 2018 at 2:14 am

I am glad you mentioned the EAP as it is an excellent way to get help when the unavoidable happens. Depending on the company, a certain sum is given to anyone who requests need for assistance. ( like after a fire or death of a spouse)
Some companies even offer help dealing with substance abuse even for co-dependents.
Also the availability of flexibility to schedule is quite helpful.

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