Employee Assistance Program

Many of the people you know, either your employees or congregation members, are facing significant personal and family challenges that are keeping them from experiencing a full and healthy life. Far too often, people don’t know where to turn for help ... so they struggle through on their own.

What if you could provide easy access to the services your employees or congregation members need? What if you were proactive in identifying a partner to come alongside you, your employees, or your congregation members in difficult times?

The SC3 Partners Employee Assistance Programs and Congregation Assistance Programs are meant to do just that.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

An Employee Assistance Program (or EAP) is typically a benefit that is provided to employees by an employer. By identifying an EAP provider, you proactively give your staff a place to turn when they are struggling with personal or family issues. Here are some quick facts about EAPs.

  • 90% of Fortune 500 companies participate in an EAP. (Public Health Reports)
  • Only 9% of organizations with less than 50 employees participate in an EAP. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 74% of employees who say their company offers an EAP find it valuable (Cigna Health Care)
  • An EAP can reduce accident or sick pay by as much as 60%. (EAPA Facts)

How does an EAP provide this much value? The answer is simple—your employees are struggling with issues that you can’t help them with ... and those issues make them work ineffectively or miss work entirely.

  • On a daily basis, 1 in 5 employees is being negatively affected by a personal issue. (addition, grief, divorce, care-giving, stress, depression, etc.) (Global Business and Economic Round Table on Addictions and Mental Health)
  • 1 in 5 employees who call in sick are suffering from stress rather than an illness. (CCH, Inc.)
  • 49% of employees lose an hour of productivity or more each day due to stress. (HR Magazine)
  • Depression and anxiety disorders affect 19 million adults annually. (National Institute of Mental Health)

These statistics all add up to one uncomfortable truth. The people around you are struggling with personal issues that are impacting their ability to function well at work ... and they’re not telling you about it.

In Christian workplaces for example, employees don’t know where to turn when they are struggling with personal issues because their continued employment is based on their “Christian witness.” They are afraid that if you, as their employer, knew the issues they are facing, they could lose their job.

By providing an EAP, you will serve your employees by giving them a confidential place to deal with their issues, so that they experience a better, more healthy life. At the same time, you will serve your organization by increasing the productivity of each employee.

SC3 Partners will work with you to develop the EAP service that best fits your organization. You can pre-purchase a number of counseling sessions based on standard EAP usage statistics (this is the typical EAP model), or you can work on a fee-for-service basis. The pre-purchase models provide additional benefits like coaching, team building, onsite training, and the ability to schedule appointments more quickly.

Contact us today to learn more about the different options for structuring an EAP for your organization.

Congregation Assistance Programs

Similar to an Employee Assistance Program, a Congregation Assistance Program (CAP) provides a proactive, established pathway for members of your congregation to get access to the kind of counseling services they need to thrive.

In a typical congregation of 200 adults, 50 attendees will experience depression at some point, and at least 30 are currently taking antidepressants. (Christianity Today) And that’s just depression. If you’re a pastor, you know better than anyone the range of personal and family issues your congregation members are facing ... and you don’t feel qualified (and aren’t trained) to address yourself.

What if you could easily connect people in your congregation to a licensed counselor who is a strong Christian? Imagine having the confidence in a counseling partner who could handle many of your members’ personal and family issues that you aren’t qualified to tackle. And if we they are facing more drastic issues that we can’t handle ourselves, we will connect your congregation members to the specific services they need. That’s what a CAP from SC3 Partners delivers.

In most cases, your CAP is delivered on a fee-for-service, sliding scale basis and is paid for by the participants. You can, however, offer to subsidize the counseling costs if you desire.

Contact us today to learn more about the different options for putting together a CAP that meets your congregation’s needs.

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