Eap: Employee Assistance Programs in the Public Schools
Employee assistance programs (EAP's) have been set up by many businesses and organizations to help employees resolve their personal problems so they can maintain or resume an acceptable job performance level. So far, only a few public school districts have considered or implemented such programs. This monograph examines EAP's in general and focuses on their feasibility for school districts. While communities willingly support specialized services for students needing help with academic choices and personal problems, school district employees' problems have not been addressed because of scarce financial resources and schools' concern about public image. Yet keeping adult workers highly productive seems as worthy a goal as turning students into good workers. Chapter 2 considers three alternative models for school EAP's, while chapter 3 discusses available services, staff, referrals, and publicity methods. Chapter 4 tackles a variety of issues, including client population, wellness programs, organizational fit, recordkeeping, and legal problems. Chapter 5 treats measurement of EAP effectiveness, focusing on absenteeism and job performance evaluations as the best indicators. The last chapter outlines seven steps for developing and implementing a school district EAP. An appendix with forms and guidelines, a bibliography of 20 references, and a list of EAP organizations and publications are included. (MLH)
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