Thursday 12th September is R U OK? Day, Australia’s national day to highlight the importance of checking in with the people around us. This can be particularly important in the workplace to encourage an open and positive workplace culture. When you ask an employee or a colleague “Are you OK?” it can be difficult to know what to do to support them if they were to say “No”.
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be a valuable resource to connect fellow employees with the psychological support they may need. The EAP is all about promoting wellbeing and ensuring employees thrive at work.
You’ve covered the ask and listen steps – and now you want to encourage action… this is where your EAP can help. By referring to an EAP you can rest assured a fellow employee is receiving advice from professionally trained psychologists.
The Employee Assistance Program provides solution-focused short-term interventions including:
EAP services are external and confidential and are guided by the individual’s needs. Remember that the EAP service can help you and your employees when they are not OK, but it can also help them to be proactive to stay OK.
An employee doesn’t have to be unwell or struggling to access their EAP. Proactive support during difficult times as well as less difficult times can go a long way in promoting resilience over the longer term, through enhancing coping strategies and focusing on wellbeing.