What are employee assistance program?

An employee assistance program (EAP) is an employer-sponsored intervention designed to identify and assist employees with personal problems (substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, workplace violence, marital and family problems, financial difficulties, etc.) that interfere with their work performance.

EAPs help the organization by assessing the nature of the problem, selecting the right resources and assistance, following up with the employee, and training and consulting with supervisors and managers about related policies and procedures.