EAP counselors are available to supervisors for confidential consultation regarding an employee's work performance that may be affected by personal problems. A counselor can also assist a supervisor in developing effective, sensitive strategies designed to improve communication within a team or department.
A supervisor or department chair might notice that an employee's job performance is being affected by personal problems, and may suggest that an employee seek assistance through EAP. Faculty and staff cannot be mandated to attend the EAP except in certain life threatening situations. Employment or tenure status will not change due to an employee's involvement with the EAP. Unless authorized by the employee, a counselor will not inform a supervisor of EAP involvement.
EAP provides an objective third party to help resolve interpersonal conflicts within the workplace between
employees of approximately equal positions.
The EAP will provide training programs for departments upon request for various issues such as: change management, stress management, conflict resolution, enhancing communication, substance abuse, depression and balancing work and family life. We welcome requests that are specific to your departmental needs.