The Research Group analyzes and provides commentary on key health trends and contributes to Shepell’s unique insight into health and productivity trends in Canada, and around the world.
- Changing the landscape of mental health support: The new Trauma Assist program for first responders: A unique workplace environment demands unique programs to keep employees healthy and productive. In this report, we investigate the reality and impact of post-traumatic stress (PTS) in the workplace of first responders, and examine how PTS management and resiliency can be attained with the support of targeted mental health programs, like Trauma Assist.
- Depression Care: Helping employers help employees: Our study revealed the effectiveness of Depression Care as a valid tool for organizations, with a return on investment of 4.8:1, and individuals. By offering Depression Care to their employees, employers help their people who suffer from depression to break down the barriers of seeking support to manage their illness. With adequate support, these employees are then able to better and more effectively perform their jobs; benefitting both employee and employer.
- Unfolding the power of the digital world: Launching online group counselling in an Employee and Family Assistance Program: This paper explores the current structure of group counselling, specifically programs that are built on the foundation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and its effectiveness when delivered digitally through access to additional online resources.
- The Return on Investment for Employee and Family Assistance Programs: This study concludes that employers see significant ROI when helping their employees deal with personal and emotional issues: every $1 invested in an EFAP provides more than eight times the return on investment. The study further indicates the value of EFAP in preventing work absence.
- Online EFAP service offerings: Re-examining user demographics and access patterns: In this report, we re-examined our traditional and digital channels of support, and found that the convenience and efficiency of using digital means to seek information and assistance not only continues to influence Canadians' EFAP access and usage patterns, but is also attracting a younger, historically more difficult to engage demographic of users.
- Fitness Coach Connects: Combining physical activity, coaching, and digital tools to support optimal employee health and productivity: In this report, we examined the effectiveness of our EFAP physical fitness program that uses technology and coaching to promote better physical and mental health through physical activity and behaviour change.
- The effectiveness of video counselling for EFAP support: In this report, we examined the clinical files of six counsellors who provided both video and in-person counselling services, and found that video counselling proves to be a capable and accessible delivery channel for EFAP support; one that is as effective as in-person counselling.
- The digital age: How people are accessing EFAP services: In this report, we examined our traditional and digital channels of support, and found that multiple digital channels are attracting a younger demographic who may never have considered Employee and Family Assistance Program support through traditional means.
- First Chat: Attracting New EAP Users Through Online Text-Based Chat Services, 2012: We explored the impact of synchronous, text-based counselling in order to identify what Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers can do to satisfy client's demands for new forms of digital clinical support.
- The Missing Link: Supervisors’ Role in Employee Health Management, 2009: During difficult economic times, as employee stress rises, productivity can be negatively impacted and absenteeism and disability claims can increase.
- Health and Wellness Trends in the Oil and Gas Sector, 2009: Working conditions in the Oil and Gas Industry put extraordinary stress on families as well as the individual worker.
- Employee Health and Well Being: Trends in the Call Centre Sector, 2008: Common job design characteristics and constraints continue to correlate with higher levels of mental strain and stress, particularly for high risk groups of people who may be ill-suited to call centre work.
- Financial Distress Impacts Health and Productivity: Employees Turning to EAP for Help, 2009: The leading financial issues for which employees contacted their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) have remained relatively stable, with just under 40% of accesses concerning debt/credit issues and approximately 15% for more proactive financial planning.
- A Retrospective Analysis of Strategic Investments and Bottom-Line Results, 2008: The greatest value of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is realized when it is integrated into a total health management strategy.
- New Generation Relationships, 2008: This study correlates relationship issues, the factors that relate to positive relationships, and the impact of negative relationships.
- From Sea to Sea - Regional Trends in EAP in Canada, 2007: To understand Canada’s health picture, we compared provinces and regions on the basis of Employee Assistance Program access over a 4-year period (2003-2006).
- Employee Engagement & Health: An EAP's Role & Perspective, 2007: An introduction to Employee Engagement from an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) perspective by defining its key indicators, tallying its cost, and looking at what role EAP may play.
- ‘Til Stress Do Us Part: An EAP's Perspective on Marital/Relationship Issues, 2007: We analyzed four years of EAP data to identify employee segments that are at elevated risks of experiencing relationship problems.
- Post-Holidays and the Broken Promise, 2007: We examined January Employee Assistance Program (EAP) access to profile the people and problems that may be implicated in 'residual' holiday stress.