EAPs were designed for emergency situations, meaning some of their coverages are limited by number of sessions or time periods. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, mental health and holistic wellness were some of the hottest topics in benefits. After all, they seem like no-brainers: Happier, less stressed employees are more productive, require less sick time and are more likely to receive preventive primary care that reduces the risk of expensive health crises. Voluntary benefits may be the right solution for employers looking to boost their EAP (employee assistance plan) and expand on existing offerings.

Nicholas Park is a benefits consultant and voluntary product expert at Corporate Synergies. Park has 10 years of experience with benefits consulting firms, focusing on self-insurance plan creation, executive benefits and voluntary implementation. Since 2011, he has provided consulting services to New York area Corporate Synergies clients.

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