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Must-Haves For a Successful Employee Assistance Program

Amelia Wilcox
May 15, 2020
October 9, 2022

In all the work we've done to help companies keep employees stress-free and happy, it always comes back to the employee assistance program. But how can you make an employee wellness program that really works?

Here are basic areas of wellness that will keep employees on the right track.    

Making Your Company's Employee Assistance Program Work

According to an article from BenefitsPro, a top priority for millennial workers is addressing stress reduction and sources of stress, such as relationship and financial concerns.

Addressing these 4 key areas will ensure your corporate employee wellness program is appealing and useful to your workers.

Health and Physical Wellness

Keeping employees physically fit, healthy, and injury-free should be a top priority for competitive companies. When workers are well cared for, they're able to work better, take fewer sick days, and minimize on-the-job injuries.

Companies of all sizes can assist in employee wellness with different kinds of support. In this work from home day and age a little virtual wellness is necessary. With our EAP your employees will have access to virtual yoga classes.

Related: 6 Signs You're a Workplace Wellness Expert

Financial Wellness Counseling

The burden of financial aid loans weighs heavy on the typical millennial worker. One source notes that the average 2012 graduate with a bachelor's degree has a monthly payment of $312 in student loans.

This significant financial responsibility means millennial workers are stressed out trying to manage their finances on a limited income.

Financial assistance at work can include financial advisers and counseling that help workers create and manage budgets, and plan for retirement, all while paying off debt on a starter salary. These programs can also reduce financial stress with workshops and seminars where employees can learn real tools to help them manage finances.

Related: The New Employee Stress Relief: Financial Wellness Programs at Work

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Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Counseling

Providing mental wellness support 24/7 is another way for companies to help employees reduce overall stress. Providing support through financial assistance for counseling sessions, medications for mental health, and bereavement leave can have a big impact on employee mental wellness. Emotional wellness support at work can help employees effectively manage anxiety, depression and other conditions that make work difficult.

Related: Mental Health Support at Work

Social Wellness

Providing opportunities for workers to create a better work-life balance can ultimately increase productivity and reduce turnover.

By creating flexible working environments and schedules, employees are able to have time to travel to visit family, take personal days off to recoup and recharge with friends, and be available for important family events like school plays and concerts.

When workers have enough time and attention for all aspects of their lives, they produce better work. This is why it's so important to make employee wellness and assistance programs all-inclusive.

Mindfulness Wellness

Providing employees with things like guided meditation sessions. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful practice for your mental health, and a great tool to add to your employee stress management arsenal.

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Amelia Wilcox
Amelia Wilcox
Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement. Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.