(NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of employee benefits, has enhanced its
Work/Life Balance employee assistance program for its U.S. employees.
The offering features comprehensive practical, emotional and lifestyle
support to improve overall well-being so employees can balance the
demands of life and work. Enhancements, offered through HealthAdvocate,
“EAPs are a first line of defense in protecting the wellbeing our
employees and are an important component of a comprehensive well-being
strategy,” said Laurie Mitchell, assistant vice president of health and
well-being at Unum. “They provide fast, confidential solutions from
stress and mental health management to caregiving support or financial
and legal advice that could otherwise quickly escalate.”
research reveals that the most common sources of stress originate
outside the workplace and include money worries, family and relationship
issues, personal health and the health of family members. The stress of
life’s challenges can impact the ability to focus at work and can lead
to greater problems without early intervention or proper management.
“The Work-Life Balance program is just one of the benefits and programs
we have for employees to help them live their best,” Mitchell said.
EAPs are work-based intervention programs secured by an employer and
designed to support employees and their families through a variety of
problems. Employees can seek help with personal, family, and work issues
through confidential phone-based counseling, and EAP counselors can
triage local specialist support when additional help is needed.
Unum plans to expand the enhanced offering to its employer customers in
the coming weeks.
Unum Group (www.unum.com)
is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United
States and the United Kingdom. Its primary businesses are Unum US,
Colonial Life, and Unum UK. Unum’s portfolio includes disability, life,
accident and critical illness, dental and vision coverage, which help
protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an
illness or injury. Unum also provides stop-loss coverage to help
self-insured employers protect against unanticipated medical costs. The
company reported revenues of $11.3 billion in 2017 and provided nearly
$7 billion in benefits.
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