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11/06 - W. Michael Thomas

     An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a Powerful Tool that can Help Workers
     through Difficult Time

The holiday season is quickly approaching and for most it is a happy time spent with family and friends.
Yet for others, it can be a stressful time and for others a time of severe depression.
There are some danger signs that can appear at the workplace to indicate depression, stress, burnout or addiction and they include:
                         Patterns of lateness or frequent absences;
                         Productivity changes;
                         Accidents or compromised safety;
                         Inappropriate or extreme expressions of emotions;
                         Frequent complaints of fatigue or unexplained pains;
                         Difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering things;
                         Decreased interest or involvement in one’s work;
                         Working excessive overtime over a prolonged period of time;
                         Expressions of strange or grandiose ideas;
                         Lack of co-operation or difficulties working with colleagues;
                         Missed deadlines or poor work quality; and
                         Displays of anger or blaming others.
For plans which currently include an EAP program, this may be an excellent time to remind your employees of the services available to them.  For others, this may be the time to review the benefits of offering an EAP program to their employees.

W. Michael Thomas is a Partner at The Investment Guild (the Investment Guild is a People Corporation company)

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