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Employee Assistance Programs help organizations achieve business health and productivity goals, and support individuals working to maintain or improve their productivity, functioning, and pro-social behavior, as well as remain at or return to the workplace.

EAP 9: Work-Life Services

Work-life services help employees integrate and achieve balance with work and family roles and demands, and create a more effective, healthy, and productive workplace.

NA The organization does not provide work-life services.

Rating Indicators
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Work-life information and materials
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Clients
    • Review case records

  • EAP 9.01

    The EAP assesses the current work-life situation of individuals and customer organizations to develop a coordinated, integrated accessible work-life portfolio.

  • EAP 9.02

    Work-life services are provided based on the assessed needs of the individuals and customer organization and can include any combination of:

    1. childcare and parenting resources and referrals;
    2. eldercare resources and referrals;
    3. consultation and referrals on life events;
    4. assistance with policy and program development related to workplace flexibility;
    5. consultation regarding financial support for work-life related resources and services;
    6. community support and involvement opportunities; and
    7. cultural change initiatives.

    Interpretation: Examples of life events for which consultation may be provided include education, adoption, parenting, financial or legal issues. Health and wellness promotion focuses on activities such as access to health reimbursement accounts, on-site health assessments, and health coaching on topics including chronic disease, stress management, and physical fitness. Workplace flexibility policies address, for example, paid and unpaid time off, phased return from leave, job sharing, flexible time, and telecommuting, and programs related to on-site childcare, back-up childcare, and elder care support and resources.

  • EAP 9.03

    The EAP maintains up-to-date work-life information and materials that are accurate and non-discriminatory.

    Interpretation: This standard applies to work-life information provided via the EAP’s website. Examples of information that should be maintained include contact information; type of service offered; licensure information; and location.

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