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Employee Assistance Program EAP Blog

Hmm? Should I or Shouldn't I? Romantic Relationships at Work -- Guidance for Employees and EAP Direct Service

Busier lifestyles have made finding romance more difficult today than in recent memory. With communication technology often reducing human interaction to abbreviated text messages and shorthand emails, many find the office to be a rare exception where they are still able to engage in meaningful, face-to-face interaction with others. Romance at work can be [...]

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Drug Awareness Training for Managers

Stop! If you are instituting drug awareness training for managers, take one step backwards and put together a drug-free workplace policy that recognizes addiction and alcoholism as a chronic disease. Say so, and welcome employees to self-refer or accept treatment after being evaluated by the company employee assistance program following referral by a supervisor. Also, guarantee these employees, in writing, three [...]

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DOT Supervisor Training: Part 1 of 5: Myths and Misconceptions that Don't Match Reality -- One of Five Ways Supervisors Cover Up, Enable, and Sabotage Drug Free Workplace Programs

Bill’s a great plumber. His skills are like nobody's—he’s got the magic touch with plumbing and pipes, and he also has a lot on his mind managing 20 other plumbers, assistants, and an office staff. Unfortunately, seven of Bill's employees drive big trucks and they have unusual delivery shifts around the clock. This means of course that Bill [...]

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Employee Assistance Programs: Understand the Faragher/Ellerth Affirmative Defense

The Faragher/Ellerth Affirmative Defense is an argument used in court against lawsuits for employment complaints like sexual harassment. It can also be used as a defense against any other kind of lawsuit brought by an employee against an employer. Defending against harassment--if one is to have any chance of winning, especially in a jury trial--requires [...]

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Employee Assistance Programs Can Support Employees Using Antidepressants to Reduce Elevated Risk of Death

NEWS ITEM Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers. Researchers reviewed studies involving hundreds of thousands of people and found that antidepressant users had a 33% higher chance of death than non-users. Antidepressant users also had a 14% [...]

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EAPs Massively Overlooked as Customer Risk Reduction Tools by Property Casualty Insurers and Risk Managers

Lew sat quietly in his office at the Chino Mines in the 1950's trying to find a solution to a massive problem he was hired to fix. Lewis Presnall, D. Div.-- was a pastoral counselor hired by Kennecott Copper Corporation to deal with a massive alcoholism problem among workers and their associated problems placing the [...]

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Employee Assistance Programs and the Lonely EAP Client (Is Loneliness the New Obesity?)

Loneliness—it’s the reason why we reach out for one another in the middle of the night. The reason we sit beneath the stars and make wishes. The reason we make music, the reason we commit ourselves to another. A while back in September, 2010, AARP Research conducted a survey of people aged 45 and older in regards to “Loneliness.” [...]

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Seven Reasons Business Organizations Should Offer Employee Drug and Alcohol Awareness Education

I haven't spoken to you in probably a month, but I wanted to ask if you provide education and awareness to employees concerning alcohol and other drugs of abuse. There are powerful reasons for doing so.There is no government mandate for most industries to do employee awareness training in substance abuse (railroads have had such [...]

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Motivating Managers in DOT Supervisor Training to Act on the Drug Free Workplace Policy

Supervisor Resources DepartmentDOT Supervisor Training is typically a one-time, two hour training event, but in reality, it must be an ongoing educational process for supervisory personnel overseeing regulated safety-sensitive positions. There is great chance of risk and failure for a drug-free workplace program if this does not occur.If an ongoing approach to educating supervisors does [...]

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Parenting and Fake ID’s: What’s to Know?

Teens obtaining fake identification is nothing new. Although most states have made it more difficult to duplicate a driver’s license since 9/11, young adults can still purchase IDs that make them old enough to buy alcohol or get into a nightclub. What is new is that researchers have found that young adults with fake IDs are more likely to [...]

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