When human resources professionals lose sleep at night, it’soften over employees’ everyday personal problems: family andmarital, stress and depression, child and elder care, and financialand legal issues that occupy a great deal of their employees’ timeand energy both on and off the job.

“Our company’s success is directly related to our employees.It’s my goal to provide the tools our employees need to fulfilltheir personal lives,” says Aimee Comer, Director of HumanResources for Robins & Morton, one of the country’s top medicalcontractors.

Anywhere from 65 to 85 percent of all employee terminations aredue to personal and interpersonal factors, according to theEmployee Assistance Report released in 2001. A survey of 800,000workers in more than 300 companies by the American Stress Instituteshowed that a large number of employees had called in sick due tostress. The National Mental Health Association estimates thatdepression cost companies in 2000 $43.7 billion in decreasedproductivity, lost workdays and healthcare costs.

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