Small firms benefit from EAPs, too

By Karen Seward
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2002

Small business owners used to wonder whether an employee assistance program had any relevance in their workplaces, but times have changed and no longer are EAPs seen as exclusive to large organizations coping with alcohol abuse and problem employees.

The one common element in any size organization is that employees share similar life challenges, such as child or elder care. For a small business the impact of a troubled employee can be even more significant, often to the point of threatening the firm’s very survival.

EAPs have an important role to play in managing the challenge of balancing work and family pressures and stress over workplace change. More working Canadians are looking after both children and parents in what has been commonly referred to as the “sandwich generation.” In fact, more than 30 per cent of Canadians report that they or others in their household provide care to an elderly family member (see link at bottom of this page, "Trickle down effects of retiring boomers").