Distracted employee After use ofEAP-provided counselling, problem rates were reduced for the fiveoutcomes, including presenteeism, life satisfaction and employeeengagement. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Stress can have a multitude of effects on people, and it showsat work. According to the Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 WorkplaceOutcome Suite Annual Report, released in partnership withLifeWorks by Morneau Shepell and the International EmployeeAssistance Professionals Association, distressed employees spendmore than one third of their time at work being unproductive and average one full day offsick per month.

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According to the research, employees struggling with mentalhealth or other well-being issues are unable to concentrate ontheir job, a symptom known as “presenteeism,” for more than a thirdof the total scheduled work time (54.95 hours or 34 percent)—orabout eight total days per month. The report says this is more thantwice as much as the typical “healthy” employee.

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Related: EAP counseling boosts employee health,productivity

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In addition, these employees are also absent from work for anaverage of 7.36 hours per month—almost one full working day (about5 percent of all work time).

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The most common clinical issues behind the reduced productivitywere related to mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety) orpersonal stress (combined at 40 percent of cases), followed byrelationship problems of marriage or family life (29 percent), workand occupational issues (18 percent), and alcohol misuse anddrug problems (four percent).

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“The results of the research demonstrated that there is a goodreason for employers to use an EAP to support distressed employeesand enhance overall employee well-being,” said Barb Veder, vicepresident and chief clinician, Morneau Shepell. “After use ofEAP-provided counselling, problem rates were reduced for everyaspect measured in the report where employees need support. Thus,EAPs help to reduce the risks associated with workplaceproblems.”

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After use of EAP-provided counselling, problem rates werereduced for the five outcomes measured in the report. Thus, EAPshelp to reduce the risks associated with workplace problems.According to the study:

  • Having a “problem” with work presenteeism was reduced from 56percent to 28 percent
  • Life satisfaction issues were reduced from 38 percent to 17percent
  • Work absenteeism was reduced from 34 percent to 14 percent
  • Work engagement issues were reduced from 31 percent to 21percent
  • Workplace distress was reduced from 22 percent to 13percent

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