• Adding Prevention to the EAP Core Technology

      Bennett, Joel B.; Attridge, Mark (2008-11)
      Several weeks ago, while conducting a prevention workshop for a large group of corporate training professionals, we discussed EAPs. One participant commented afterward. "It's surprising to see EAPs are getting involved in prevention: they tend to be so reactive and after-the-fact." Soon after that workshop, we read an article in this journal calling for scrutiny of the core definition of the employee assistance profession and greater emphasis on evidence-based EAP services.
    • The Aging Workforce and EAPs

      Kreuch, Tony J. (Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 2007-11)
      The Employee Assistance Professionals Association's Standards and Professional Guidelines for Employee Assistance Programs states that EAPs are "worksite-based programs designed to assist (1) work organizations in addressing productivity issues, and 2) 'employee clients' in identifying and resolving personal concerns, including , but not limited to health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional, stress or other personal issues that may affect job performance." The EAP Core Tchnology, meanwhile, emphasizes the need for EAPS to assist work organizations in a variety of contexts to enhance the overall health, well-being, and performance of the workforce. Implicit in these definitions is the notion that effective EAPs are capable of adapting to the changing needs of an organization based on shifts in resource allocations, workforce demographics, and organizational goals. One emerging need relates to the "graying" of the workforce and specifically the imperative for work organizations to accommodate this change. Work organizations are being challenged to modify their traditional views of older workers and to re-examine long-held stereotypes and beliefs regarding older workers.
    • Core Technology & What EAPs Look Like in 2011

      Braun, Judy; Hutchinson, Bryan R.; Garber, Yvonne; Hill, Peggy; Hiester, Patrick (2011-06-10)
    • Defining the EA Profession: EAPA and Health Care - Managed Care Laws

      Cagney, Tamara (Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 1998-03)
    • Employee Assistance Programs for the New Millennium: Emergence of the Comprehensive Model

      Kurzman, Paul A. (Routledge - Taylor & Francis, 2013-08-27)
      This article reviews the historical evolution of employee assistance programs (EAPs) in the United States over the past 40 years, and concludes that the future of employee assistance lies with its adoption of a Comprehensive Service Program model. To be successful, EAP providers also will need to move away from their current “commodity focus” and “return on investment [ROI] paradigm.” Instead, they must begin to identify the critical functions EAPs perform for work organizations that make them indispensable strategic partners in employers’ universal pursuit of productivity and innovation. To achieve this goal, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) must focus on developing a uniform university-based EAP curriculum; moving assertively toward universal state licensure; and actively promoting an evidence-informed, program-based research agenda.
    • Ethical Decision Making: Applied to EAP Consultation

      Beidel, Bernard E. (2016-01)
      In addition to being an essential element of the EAP Core Technology, workplace consultation, and especially EAP Consultation, is a skill that is not often taught in the clinically-based programs from which many people in our professional were trained. For many of us, it is a skill we learned on the job while "in the trenches" of employee assistance service.
    • European Purchasers' Attitudes towards EAPs

      Nowlan, Kate (Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 2008-01)
      The Employee Assistance European Forum (EAEF) has been concerned for some time that the EAP "product" has been devalued and "commoditized." In 2007, the EAEF commissioned some research to provide empirical data on purchasers' perceptions of these programs. The Forum felt the research would add a useful dimension to existing literature by providing the view of human resources managers (HRMs) and an understanding of the European EAP market.
    • Indicators of the Quality of the EAP Services

      Attridge, Mark; Amaral, Thomas M., 1952-; Bjornson, Tom; Goplerud, Eric N.; Herlihy, Patricia A.; McPherson, Tracy L.; Paul, Rich; Routledge, Sandra; Sharar, David A., 1961-; Stephenson, Diane; et al. (Employee Assistance Society of North America, 2010-02)
      This Research Note reviews issues with how to assess the level of quality of employee assistance program services. It is recommended that the program’s use of the Core Technology of the industry, designations of professionalism from individual certification and program accreditation and how network affiliates are used should be considered as indicators of quality.
    • Integrating employee assistance and wellness: Current and future core technologies of a megabrush program

      Erfurt, John C.; Foote, Andrea; Heirich, Max A. (Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA), 1992)
      The current core technology of employee assistance programs (EAPs) is reviewed and described along eight dimensions, four of which are unique to EAPs and four of which are shared with worksite wellness programs. The current core technology of wellness programs is also described, including four dimensions shared with EAPs and six dimensions that are unique to wellness programs. The core technology of both EAPs and wellness programs addresses the coordinated implementation of services through the worksite which help employees access and utilize specific health-related programs. It does not include the technology for treatment of specific risks or diseases. Five future dimensions are discussed, which may be added to the core technology of EAPs and/or wellness programs if research shows that they are effective in furthering program objectives. The inter-relationships between EAPs and worksite wellness programs are described, and program ethics regarding participation and confidentiality are discussed.
    • Integration Insights Column #1: Focusing on Integration of EAP with other Services

      Attridge, Mark (Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), 2015-01-01)