Taking Responsibility – Part 2

Last week I outlined some problems that arise when a person is confused about what he or she is responsible for and I posed a question: What guidelines help you to know where your responsibility lies? Hopefully this gave you food for thought, and you had some good ideas. Here are some guidelines I’ll offer…

Be Fair to Yourself

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – W.E. Hickson “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a… fool about it.” – W.C. Fields The first quote, although from a British man, is very American. We have the idea that you can…

Challenge Your EAP; Benefits Magazine

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) have been around for a long time and are viewed by many as “just a counseling service” for the addicted and deeply troubled – one that constitutes a necessary but not particularly valuable item on a company’s benefit checklist.  This perspective devalues the EAP, often resulting in underutilization that diminishes the…

What Does an Opportunity Cost?

Microeconomics was nearly the Waterloo of my college career, but I learned one idea that has benefited me. That idea is opportunity cost. What is opportunity cost? Basically, it is the difference in return between the option you choose and the one that you pass up. Another way of saying it would be that the…

Increasing the Profile of Your EAP

This article is based on the author’s presentation at the Symposium. It’s likely that most benefits professionals would agree with the following statement: Employee assistance programs (EAPs) contribute to the well-being of employees. Since the 1970’s, EAPs have expanded their range of services and added a variety of supplier channels including health plans, disability carriers…