Personal problems or issues can have an adverse effect on performance at work. It makes good business sense to consider giving your employees access to counselling services.
Some employers offer certain facilities to staff, others suggest that people attend their own counselling. Time off with pay is often allowed since dealing with issues through counselling may help avoid sickness absence.
Our specialist partner Rowan can offer employee counselling services to all our members or members can choose to use an alternative service. There are two options available to EVH members if you choose to use Rowan:
1. Use EVH as an intermediary – your staff can call Rowan to access the counselling service then Rowan invoices EVH and we invoice you. Should you wish to offer counselling with Rowan through EVH, please contact us to make this arrangement.
2. Directly – your staff still call Rowan to access the counselling service but Rowan invoices you directly. We would still ask that you let us know if you make this arrangement with Rowan.
The first time the service is accessed by your organisation, Rowan will be in contact with you to confirm you are happy for staff to access the service. Please note, this is not checked every time the service is accessed. If staff self-refer you are committing to fund this resource without prior authorisation for specific cases.
You can also download or read the attached employer and employee leaflets which explain the principles of employee counselling and the services which are available.
Wellbeing is now an important concept in thinking about employees' Health and Safety.
It is hard to pin down an exact definition of 'wellbeing' but it generally refers to how a person is and how they are feeling. In relation to employment, this includes both mental and physical wellbeing.
Several factors influence an individual's wellbeing at work, such as:
- Stress levels
- Feeling safe
- General health
- Ability to work
Studies have shown time after time that people with high levels of wellbeing perform better at work, have less days off sick, are generally happier and healthier, and are more resilient to life's challenges.
As the focus grows on wellbeing in the workplace, we are incorporating the topic into our Health and Safety and Human Resources services.