5 Ways An EAP Can Benefit You

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You’re probably very familiar with your medical coverage and wellness programs. Often, they’re the ones that grab the most attention during open enrollment. They’re also the ones you’ll use most often during the year. But your benefits are so much more than health insurance and wellness.

As part of their benefits, many companies offer an Employee Assistance Program, which is designed to help you and your family manage life. It can range from anything as simple as finding the right daycare for your children to helping you cope with the death of a loved one. And it’s entirely confidential.

Here are 5 ways your EAP program can help you.

1. Childcare.

Finding a quality daycare at a price you can afford, and a location that is convenient, can be one of the most difficult decisions a parent can make. Your EAP can assess your situation and put you in touch with multiple sources to help you make the best choice.

2. Elder Care.

Baby boomers—the largest generation in history—are aging and reaching the retirement phase of their lives. Talk to your EAP about what education and resources are available to help you support your aging parents, which could include anything from help finding the right caregiver to Alzheimer’s education.

3. Financial Guidance.

If you or your family is having difficulty managing your income and expenses, your EAP program can recommend resources that include internal services, debt management organizations, and state agencies providing financial assistance. You can also get information about credit counseling and college and retirement planning assistance.

4. Mental Health.

We all get stressed. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to get us through the tough times. Talk to your EAP about what resources are available to you, such as therapists, support groups and hotlines.

5. Balancing Work And Family.

There are only so many hours in the day. Learn what your EAP can do to help you find enough time in your day for your family and your work.