• Leading a company in the aftermath of a suicide loss

      VandePol, Bob; Beyer, Cal (Construction Financial Management Association, 2019-03-11)
      WITH THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE AND NUMBER OF DEATHS BY SUICIDE – in fact, more deaths by suicide per year than all of OSHA’s Fatal Four Hazards combined – the construction industry must continue its suicide prevention efforts. Despite a company’s best efforts to address suicide prevention, learning that an employee, family member, subcontractor, supplier, or professional business partner has experienced a death by suicide is devastating. Part of suicide prevention is to address how to handle the aftermath of a suicide loss, which is known as suicide postvention. This article will share perspectives, strategies, resources, and tools to help contractors respond appropriately if the unthinkable should happen. What Is Suicide Postvention? The Suicide Prevention Resource Center defines postvention as the provision of crisis intervention and other support after a suicide has occurred to address and alleviate possible effects of suicide. Effective postvention has been found to stabilize the community and facilitate the return to a new normal.
    • The Many Ways EAPs Support Love: A Research Review

      Attridge, Mark (Employee Assistance European Forum, 2019-06-14)
      Love has been the focus of social science research for several decades. Highlights of this scholarly literature are presented on topics of romantic love, love and health, the dark side of love, longing for love (loneliness), love and family, loving your co-worker, loving your work, and loving your workplace. Industry data is also used to demonstrate how EAPs support each of these aspects of love.
    • The Risks and Rewards of Marriage for Fire Fighters: A Literature Review with Implications for EAP

      Torres, Victoria A.; Synett, Samantha J.; Pennington, Michelle L.; Kruse, Marc; Sanford, Keith; Gulliver, Suzy B. (Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA), 2016-08)
      EAPs may be able to better support fire fighters and their families if more is known about the marital and occupational stressors of this at-risk population. We conducted a review of literature to answer several questions. First, what is the actual rate of divorce among people working in fire service? Second, what factors relate to marital stability among fire fighters and is marital relationship predictive of job satisfaction, job safety, and overall job success in fire service? Lastly, are marital enrichment or relationship support programs in place in fire service families, and, if so, are they effective? Over 20 scholarly research works were examined that addressed marriage among fire fighters. Surprisingly, we could find empirical data on only the first question with the other questions largely missing as topics in the literature. Both U.S. census data and a large survey found rates of divorce for male fire fighters in the range of 12-14%, which was similar to national averages at the time. Other data was found on fire fighter family challenges, the spouses of fire fighters, and the marriages of volunteer fire fighters. Advances in counseling and other behavioral health services for fire fighters are also identified. Suggestions for EAP practice and future research are provided.