Although they're not usually marketed to employees, employee assistance programs and the counseling they provide can help increase employee health and productivity. according to an HRDive report. Highlighting a new study by Chestnut Global Partners (CGP) and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the report found that employee health, productivity and satisfaction all improved after EAP counseling.

The 2017 Workplace Outcome Suite (WOS) Report evaluated work engagement, absenteeism, workplace distress and life satisfaction following EAP counseling, using data that evaluates five core outcomes: absenteeism (looks at the number of hours an employee is absent due to a personal problem); presenteeism (measures loss of productivity from an employee who is present but not working at his or her optimum due to unresolved personal problems); workplace distress (examines the degree of anxiety or stress at work); work engagement (measures how invested in the job, or passionate about it, the employee is); and life satisfaction (measures one's general sense of well-being).

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