6 Features of a Holistic Employee Assistance Program

A holistic employee assistance program (EAP) is designed to help employees deal with both daily challenges and key life stressors. In order to be a holistic program, an EAP must act as a single point of assistance on a range of wellbeing issues. Uprise is a holistic employee assistance program that provides therapy for mental illness, coaching and skills-training for all levels of wellbeing and monthly wellbeing insights into stress factors such as poor quality sleep, financial health and exercise and diet. Book a free demo to see how Uprise can upgrade EAP at your company.

There are 6 key areas that a holistic EAP should address in order to adequately cover and support employees to manage stress and boost wellbeing.

Mental Health

Both traditional and digital EAP providers have employee counselling for those with mental illness or injury. The degree of support required for employee counselling is necessary within workplace mental health programs due to the significant impact mental illness can have on an employees productivity, team work and morale.

Physical Health

Physical health checks are another common feature of workplace wellness programs and are often linked to employee assistance programs. In the short term, exercise releases endorphins that boost overall mood to relieve tension and make you feel happier. In the long term, exercise increases our resilience to psychological stress and supports the immune system.  Typically, workplaces should arrange on-site fitness programs as well as offer healthy food alternatives to improve the physical health of employees.

Preventative Care

Traditional EAPs require employees with a mental illness or injury to reach out for support, often after they have experienced a significant degree of mental stress. Newer employee assistance programs like Uprise offer resilience training to employees across the wellbeing spectrum, so that support is preventative and provided before they experience more severe mental stress. Uprise uses Stepped Care, a research-backed method that assesses employee wellbeing levels and tailors skills-based training based on their score.

Sleep Quality

Sleepiness makes it harder for employees to concentrate, remember and learn new things, often making them highly irritable and upset. In team-based workplaces this can be a significant hindrance to productivity and lead to increased tensions and conflict between staff. The Uprise employee assistance program offers insights into best practice sleep interventions that improve the quality of sleep for employees. This is partnered with stress-management skills training that is backed by research and offered with the support of a registered clinician via phone, email or chat.

Financial Health

Employers are beginning to realise that in a mentally healthy workplace, financial wellness is a major factor in workplace stress and turnover. A recent report found that one third of employees have poor quality sleep due to financial stress. High quality employee assistance programs should offer insights and support specific to financial health, such as financial counselling to get out of the debt, including credit card debt, loans and mortgage repayments.  

Social health

Social health is arguably the most important factor in employee wellbeing. Employees with high quality relationships are more likely to be mentally health and recognise deteriorations in the mental health of those around them. As an employer, it is important to encourage communication between teams to foster relationships of trust and recognition. An employee assistance program can additionally provide support to employees in educating them on what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, as well as offering counselling support for relationship conflicts.

Uprise is a preventative employee assistance program (EAP) provider that improves employee engagement, retention and performance by enhancing psychological wellbeing. Learn more about how our program solves employee stress.

Charlotte Owen