Last month we had the pleasure of presenting and exhibiting at the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) World Conference, in San Diego. We had 23 engaged employee assistance program (EAP) professionals in attendance at our session on helping clients navigate cancer-related workplace issues, as well as a number of exciting conversations at our booth in the exhibit hall, about the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
For those who don’t know, EAPs are benefits programs offered by many employers to help employees manage personal issues that may impact their work performance; they include things such as short-term counseling and/or referrals to support programs.
For EAPs, Cancer and Careers provides information and training programs on how to effectively advise employees on managing cancer-related issues in the workplace. You can also refer your staff members to our abundance of free informational resources and programs for additional guidance.
For employees with cancer, if your employer offers an EAP, that can be another source of support with cancer-related issues — as well as with many others, such as substance abuse, emotional distress and healthcare concerns.