Yamada states that
"Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and employee wellness programs are among the features of many contemporary workplaces, especially larger organizations that are in a position to devote time and money to extended human resources operations."
In less-than-wonderful workplaces, however, EAPs and wellness initiatives can play an ironic role: They exist in part to deal with the dysfunctional and unhealthy aspects of the organization itself.
- UoN website - "As part of our commitment to staff wellbeing The University of Newcastle provides professional and confidential counselling for our most important asset - you!"
"The focus is typically on the individual. However well meaning and helpful at times, they often are constrained in addressing systemic problems that may prompt someone to seek help. "
"..how many dysfunctional, unhealthy organizations look like pure gold on paper because they offer these useful benefits, without addressing some of the internal, core reasons for why their workers access them."
From the University of Newcastle website .... a few examples
- "Staff may also access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a free and confidential service that provides counselling, advice and support."
- "informal ways of dealing with bullying may include: .....seeking advice, support or counselling from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or undertaking personal development courses from Human Resource Services."
- "We are a healthy university. We create an environment that promotes healthy learning, working and living environments. Packaged as part of our Healthy UoN program, a range of activities and services are available for students that encourage positive physical, spiritual and mental health. Our counselling service is on hand to help you with personal or study-related issues."- "Students can use our free confidential counselling service to discuss any personal or study-related issues."
- "The Counselling Service provides free and confidential counselling for all students. Our counsellors are professionally qualified psychologists and social workers. We offer support, information and assistance to clarify and resolve a range of issues, which might otherwise interfere with personal wellbeing or academic effectiveness. Personal issues may include stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship problems or family difficulties. We also assist with adjustment to university life and address academic issues such motivation, concentration and procrastination. In addition to booked appointments, we offer weekly Walk in Clinics."
- "As part of our commitment to staff wellbeing The University of Newcastle provides professional and confidential counselling for our most important asset - you!"