A very important strategy to enable enhanced performance in the workplace is for employers to ensure that their employees are happy at work.

Happy employees create positive and productive work environments, allowing everyone to thrive while working together toward a common goal.

Unfortunately, there are times when personal problems prevent employees from doing their best work. This may lead to a sharp reduction in productivity and focus, and can negatively impact the rest of the team.

Job stress is increasing at an alarming rate

To address this, having in place an Employee Assistance Program will help in keeping teams healthy and happy.

Jacinta”s professional team of psychologists, coaches and counslors offers a workplace wellness program designed to boost your employees’ performance by proactively helping them resolve personal issues – especially their mental health.  It has been found that workers respond more to external assistance.

Ongoing stress leads to exhaustion and apathy, often resulting in a lack of productivity and psychological burnout. EAPs can help prevent this, by providing employees the critical support they need before their stress snowballs into a crisis.

Some essential benefits of Workplace EAPs are as follows: 

  1. Lead to Increased Productivity

When employees are distracted by personal problems, they become less motivated and creative at work. They may also start to use more sick days in an effort to cope. Needless to say, these absences can have serious consequences.

Companies may lose 36.6% of their productivity due to employee absences.

EAPs reduce sick leave usage by about 33%, lost time by about 40% and work-related accidents by 65%.  Not to talk about productivity increase.

  1. Affordable for Employers to Implement

One of the major benefits of employee assistance programs is that they are surprisingly affordable, in relationship to the benefits.

  1. Help Businesses Save Money

Mental health issues could cost employers quite a staggering amount because some medical issues are as a result of not addressing mental health in the workplace.  The cost of having an EAP will give employers an excellent return on investment:  for every Naira invested, the return is 8 times greater!

  1. Encourage a positive work environment

Stress-caused issues such as absenteeism, decreased performance, and health problems affect not only one person but the overall workforce.

Additionally, if someone is experiencing a high level of stress, they may become more defensive, argumentative, and a less communicative at work.

An EAP can help a troubled employee by providing support as well as an outlet to discuss their issues.  As a result, the employee experiences an improvement in stress-levels, which will positively affect co-workers.

  1. Lead to Increased Employee Retention

A positive work environment is a key factor in retaining talented employees.  It has been researched that about 54% of employees stay at their job because of good relationships with coworkers.  Helps to keep employees productive, present, and happier while on the job.

Also knowing that there is an EAP in an organization will be useful in attracting and retaining millennial employees.

In general, millennials are less hesitant to reach out for help regarding mental health issues, and are therefore more likely to appreciate and make use of an employee assistance program.


We are available for discussions on how we can be a part of your Employee Assistance Program.  Do call us for discussions…click here