Employee Assistance Programs for small - medium businesses in Port Macquarie

My EAP goal is to improve workplace harmony and productivity for long term business gains.


Why is counselling necessary for employees?

Australian Government figures estimate that 1 in 5 people have experienced mental disorder during the last 12 months, and many business owners will have employees suffering from an issue affecting their well-being.

It’s also estimated that the average cost of a full-time employee with untreated depression is AUS$ 9,665 per year, with a total of 3.2 days per employee lost each year due to workplace stress.

So, it’s clear that workplace worries among employees can affect company productivity and profits. 


And with employee well-being linked to productivity, together with Covid-19 pandemic concerns impacting almost every aspect of our lives, businesses are vulnerable to effects of worry and distress among employees.

This means that timely and appropriate counselling to help maintain the emotional well-being of employees is essential to sustaining business efficiency.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a proven cost-effective and productive process to help employees confronting personal issues that may be affecting their work performances.

Source: Mental Illness Touches Everyone @ www.comcare.gov.au

Linda tailors her EAP counselling services specifically for Small to Medium businesses of more than 20 employees, and has extensive experience in providing EAP services to many local organisations.



What is Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)?

EAP is a voluntary, confidential counselling program that offers short-term counselling to help employees overcome their challenges by guiding development of tools and strategies to reach a better level of emotional well-being.

It's short-term, solution-focussed counselling that is structured around development of skills and strategies to support self-management of challenging life events.

Under the scheme, employers fund an agreed number of confidential counselling sessions for staff (usually 3-6 sessions) that are held off-site. If an employee requires more specialised or on-going support, Linda can make an appropriate referral, at the employee’s expense. 


There are no up-front or ongoing costs. Clients are invoiced only for services used. (subject to cancellation policy)



Who is EAP for?

EAP is for employers committed to the emotional well-being of employees and promoting a healthy and productive workplace.

EAP is for employees experiencing personal or work-related difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, grief and loss, separation and divorce, parenting issues, family problems, alcohol or substance abuse, or life-stage transitions.

Currently, many of these causes of distress can be heightened by anxiety over Covid-19 and its effects on the workplace, family and the wider community. 

EAP makes counselling accessible to those who need it by removing financial barriers, stigma and time restraints that could otherwise prevent them receiving this support in a timely manner.


What are the Benefits of EAP?

Healthy employees support a healthy business, which in turn strengthens families and builds a healthy community.

Early EAP intervention can:

  • Improve employee well-being

  • Increase job satisfaction

  • Boost staff productivity

  • Reduce costs associated with absenteeism

  • Prevent any problems from becoming more complex

  • Promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma

  • Attract talented employees

  • Fulfil corporate social responsibility obligations

  • Improve the culture of your company

  • Benefit your company’s bottom line

Source: Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work



How much does EAP cost?

There are no up-front or ongoing costs when you engage Smooth Sailing Counselling as your Employee Assistance Provider.

Employer organisations are invoiced only for services used. (subject to cancellation policy)

How do Companies start EAP?

Contact Linda for a confidential and obligation-free discussion about ensuring the well-being of your company and its employees by implementing an Employee Assistance Program with Smooth Sailing Counselling.

How do Employees start EAP?

Confirm that your employer has partnered with Smooth Sailing Counselling as your EAP provider. Information may be provided on your staff Intranet, noticeboard or consult with your HR/payroll team. 

Contact Linda directly for a confidential chat to answer any questions and to arrange an appointment. Your name and the details of our sessions are not disclosed to your employer.