EAP NewsBrief
Aug. 21, 2012

New literature review focuses on business case for mental health and substance use disorder treatment
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health has just published a literature review outlining and supporting the business case for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. This valuable resource has been added to the EAPA members-only Annotated Bibliography of EAP Statistics and Research Articles 2000-present. The bibliography articles are from a broad range of journals and other print media, listed by year in reverse chronological order and alphabetized by author within each year. A brief summary of each article or study is also provided, making it easy for EA professionals to locate supporting data for educational and sales presentations.More

EAPA Marketplace already SOLD OUT!
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
All 100 exhibit booths in EAPA's 2012 World EAP Conference Marketplace in Baltimore this October have already sold out and a waiting list has been started. This is the earliest date the Marketplace has ever sold out. Don't miss out on your opportunity to be part of the largest, most intensive, and most stimulating EA learning and networking experience in the world. The Hilton Baltimore hotel is offering discounted room rates to all EAPA attendees; book early to take advantage. The $100 Early Bird conference registration discount ends Aug. 31; don't miss the deadline!More

Psychiatric disabilities in the workplace
Human Resource Executive
The number of workers who are disclosing that they have psychiatric disabilities is on the rise, and human resource managers must be prepared to understand the legal obligations when hiring them, accommodating for their particular needs and addressing potential performance problems, experts say. The National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., estimates that one in five people will experience a psychiatric disability in their lifetime, and one in four Americans currently knows someone who has a psychiatric disability. In addition, most employers have at least one employee with a psychiatric disability.More

The psychology of heroism: Why some people leap in front of bullets
VideoBriefRecently, when a gunman drove to a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee and started shooting his 9mm handgun, some ran and some leapt to stop him. One of the six who died was temple president Santwat Singh Kaleka, who has been hailed as a hero by witnesses who say he tried to disarm the shooter. The first cop on the scene, Brian Murphy, took nine bullets as he also tried to help. Miraculously, Murphy wasn't killed. Why do some people confront danger while most scamper for the exits?More

Study: Disability claims after intermittent FMLA indicate that caregivers are finding it hard to cope
In a forthcoming report, Westminster, Colo.-based Reed Group says employees who are granted Family and Medical Leave Act leave are three times more likely to file short-term disability claims within six months than employees who don't request FMLA. The report is based on analysis of 112,000 FMLA claims that were closed from 2008 to 2011.More

APA: Psychotherapy is effective, but not used enough
The Huffington Post
Psychotherapy is an effective option for treating people with certain mental or behavioral conditions, but its use has decreased over the past 10 years, according to a new review of studies. The American Psychological Association conducted the review of more than 50 studies examining the effectiveness of psychotherapy. As a result of the review, the APA adopted a resolution recognizing the effectiveness of psychotherapy into its official policy.More

Falling morale tied to flawed education
Employee Benefit News
Research suggests that a slow but steady decline in employee morale from 2008 levels presents an opportunity to improve employee engagement during the upcoming benefits enrollment season. More than 28 percent of the 1,100 employed adults responding to a Harris Interactive poll report that morale has declined since last year. This fourth annual online survey conducted for Unum also found that just 55 percent of workers would choose to stay with their employer if they were offered the same pay and benefits elsewhere – a seven-point drop since 2008.More

Bullying at the workplace: Statistics on bullying
Business & Legal Resources
Do you worry about bullying at the workplace? Is it a concern in your organization? Do you know the prevalence across the nation? Studies show that up to 50 percent of workers have been exposed to bullying or some other form of workplace harassment. With such a staggering number, human resources managers are being asked more and more to respond to claims of workplace bullying and mobbing – even at the supervisory level.More

Holistic approach to employee wellness prescribed for EAP model
Employee Benefit News
Employee wellness has long been managed in silos, but those days may be dwindling. Caitlin Kozicki, employee assistance/workplace programs director for Peer Assistance Services, Inc., sees the emergence of a more holistic approach that acknowledges the terrible toll that financial worries have taken on the workforce during a sluggish U.S. economy.More

Financial literacy tied to productivity
Employee Benefit News
Financial literacy is so critically important to working Americans that it can make them more productive and less vulnerable to major economic uncertainty, according to a new survey, but only about half of employers said they provide basic workplace financial education. The research findings also suggest most organizations that pass benefit costs on to their employees felt obligated to provide ongoing financial education to help them make appropriate financial decisions.More

Employee engagement is goal of companies these days
Human Resources Journal
A new survey reveals that companies are more hesitant to hire new employees but instead want to retain their current ones by using employee engagement. The survey said that 80 percent of human resources claim their companies focus on employee engagement while 67 percent say that focus on engagement is higher now than it was prior to the recession.More

Why don't firms do a better job of talking to employees about benefits?
HR Morning
Everybody's always saying how important it is to communicate regularly with employees, especially in the benefits area. So how come so few companies do it effectively? Given the combined pressures of health care reform, an unsettled economy, and an unhealthy and financially unstable workforce, human resource pros are scrambling to keep people informed about ways to maintain health and happiness.More