Faculty and Staff Issues Floyd Sylvester Employee Assistance Program Faculty Stressors • • • • • • • • • Teaching Research Publications Grant writing Managing grant money effectively Working towards tenure Managing staff and students Working with colleagues Personal life Staff Stressors • Economic Uncertainty • Dealing with Evolving Demands on Campuses UNL Employee Assistance Program • Internal program, housed on-campus • Benefits of healthy employees – Happier – Higher work performance – Works more cooperatively • Serve entities simultaneously – Employee/client/family member – Organization • No cost EAP Counselors • Licensed MH Practitioners or Counselors plus work performance specialists • Understand underlying issues • Develop a plan • Short v. long-term process – Chemical dependency – Psychological issues Roles of EAP • • • • Manage an Employee Emergency Loan Fund Employee evaluations Employee terminations Reduction in Force (RIF) assistance – Secure new employment – Maintain emotional/psychological stability • UNL Threat Assessment Team • Disaster Behavioral Health • Educational training (i.e., dealing with stress) Benefits of EAP • Help employees and family members resolve issues • Beneficial for both the university and the individual • Employees who utilize services are less likely to pose a threat EAP Interventions • Offer employees assistance through: – Education – Solution-focused coaching – Counseling and/or referral as needed • Evaluate safety concerns and develop a plan Strategies for Assisting Faculty and Staff • Creating a detailed vision of how they want their life to be. – What are the steps needed to get to where they want to go? – Break it down to daily tasks, if possible – Recognize each step accomplished – Avoid self-criticism. Life gets in the way and there will be days Key Roles • Partnership-Supervisor/EAP consultation and training • Work performance focus • Communication Liaison – Supervisor/employee – Referral source and organization re: work performance • Micro/Macro intervention – Conflict Resolution between employees/departments • Training-educational topics regarding life and/or work challenges Integration: Threat Assessment Team • • • • Managing Employee Termination Assisting with voluntary terminations Managing Conflict Coordination of outside mental health resources Floyd Sylvester LMHP, CEAP Director, UNL EAP 402-472-3107 [email protected] ©2007 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.