Is this the END of EAP’s as we know them?

Is this the beginning of the end of EAP’s as we know them?

More and more statistics and reports are showing that workplace wellbeing programs, such as EAP'(Employee Assistance Programs) are not being effective. According to THIS report in the FT many businesses are beginning to reconsider their wellbeing programs. In THIS article we discuss why EAP’s are not being used, with figures showing that only 5% of employees contact their employee assistance program provider.

Breaking down the reports

Below we will look at some of the key statistics that have recently come out and why they may make you reconsider YOUR employee assistance program.

Unhappy and Unhealthy

According to a report from Gallup, workers are the unhappiest and unhealthiest they have ever been. That’s not just in the UK, East Asia, the US and large parts of Europe are seeing the same thing. 10% of workers reported being depressed in 2023. If you look solely at those under 30 that figure rises to 15%. That’s an increase of over 40% since 2016. Nearly 2 in 10 people reported experiencing burnout and nearly half of them said they felt fatigued in the workplace at least once per week.

Businesses don’t measure effectiveness

According to a survey by HR practice Gartner, only 23& of HR professionals believe that their business is measuring their EAP’s and wellbeing programs effectively. It seems that businesses take on these welding programs with no idea on how to measure them. This simply doesn’t make business sense. In any other aspect of business, if you spend money on something you want to know how effective it is. The reason for not measuring seems to be that they don’t know how. (we can help with this! see the bottom of this article).

It’s not about the investment

In 2022, the marketplace for employee assistance programs and other workplace wellbeing services was worth a staggering $51 Billion worldwide. Businesses are spending the money on these services but not getting the results that investment should bring them. Depending on the report you read, mental health support for you staff should bring a huge return on investment. For every £1 spent you should see an ROI of between £5 and £8. It’s just not happening.

Is it time for EAP’s to change?

The current way simply isn’t working. This is proven time and time again with more reports and statistics coming out. For both employees and employers to benefit there needs to be a fundamental change in how these wellbeing programs are delivered. To answer the question in the title: “Is this the beginning of the end for EAP’s as we know them?” – Yes, it may very well be.

We can help

At The Priority Academy we are NOT an employee assistance program provider. What we can offer is a way to monitor and measure the effectiveness of you providers. Our data driven Workforce Mental Health Assessment allows you to monitor the mental health landscape of your workforce. With regular assessments you can see clearly what improvements are happening, if any. This way you can make informed choices on which wellbeing services to use and where to target those services. Click below for more information.

Click the links below to learn more:

The Workplace Mental Health Induction Workshop

The Workforce Mental Health Assessment

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health Online Workshop Support Program

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