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none get alittle more in depth This being the day of the great downsize many managers are hurrying to make the cuts and in doing so closely examining their Employee-Assistance Programs for effectiveness What are they How do they help How do they work Are they worth the hassle What are they By definition employee-assistance programs EAPs give a business the means for identifying employees whose job performance is negatively affected by personal problems EAPs should arrange for structured assistance to solve those problems with the goal of reestablishing the employees job performance Three ways they help the employer and the employee First EAPs should help in identifying a troubled worker The two largest problems in the workplace today are drugalcohol abuse and the stressful effects of downsizing Many researchers today believe that drugalcohol abuse is responsible for most modern-day EAPs According to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependance 25 percent of all hospitalized patients have alcohol related problems Alcohol is involved in 47 percent of all industrial accidents and half of all auto fatalities The cost totals 86 billion dollars per year due to decreased productivity treatment programs accidents crime and law enforcement Although it is most costly at the top alcoholismdrug abuse affects employees at every level of an organization One company found that in the pervious five years each worker with an alcoholdrug related problem missed 113 days of work and filed 23000 more in medical claims than the average employee However recovered alcoholdrug abusers will frequently credit their EAP for literally saving their lives By reclaiming highly experienced employees the company also can recover some of their losses One of the most painful aspects of a human resource professionals job is downsizing and it probably wont be going away soon Layoffs affected 11 million workers in 1995 and are not
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