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Counsel HR - Empowering HR and Leadership: Crafting Meaningful Support Strategies

Last Wednesday, Spectrum Engineering held Salt Lake City's second Counsel HR event. This exclusive gathering was hosted by White Label Advisors and Spherica Solutions, bringing together HR professionals from diverse backgrounds to explore the evolving landscape of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). The event's keynote speaker, Sean Morris, LMFT, SAP, CEAP, led an insightful discussion on the critical role of EAPs in fostering a supportive work environment.

The Power of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) serve as a vital resource for organizations and their employees, addressing a wide range of needs. EAPs are designed to improve and maintain workplace productivity and overall well-being by providing specialized knowledge and expertise in human behavior and mental health. They play a multifaceted role, from offering strategic consultations with organizational-wide implications to providing individual assistance to employees and their families facing personal difficulties.

The structure and operation of EAPs vary based on the unique needs and functioning of the organizations they serve. However, the fundamental goal remains the same: to create a healthier and more productive workplace.

Utah's Mental Health Landscape

Utah, the host state of Counsel HR, faces significant challenges in mental health and substance abuse, underscoring the critical importance of effective EAPs:

  • 40.9% of adults in Utah report symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Utah has the highest percentage of mental health problems in the US.

  • Utah ranks seventh in prescription drug abuse in the US.

  • Utah is in the top ten for prescription drug overdose.

  • Utah is 14th in the nation for suicide.

  • For children aged 10 to 17 in Utah, suicide is the leading cause of death.

  • Remarkably, 75% of those struggling with substance use disorder in Utah are either working full-time or part-time.

These alarming statistics highlight the pressing need for comprehensive EAPs to support the well-being of employees and mitigate these issues. Counsel HR provides a platform for HR professionals to collaborate and discuss strategies to address these challenges.

Leadership Principles that Shape Lives

The event underscored the notion that leadership goes beyond organizational success; it significantly impacts the way people live. The following principles were emphasized:

  • Listen first. Then act: Effective leaders are attentive and empathetic, understanding the needs and concerns of their teams before making decisions.

  • Put your people first, above everything else: A people-centric approach ensures that employee well-being and growth are prioritized.

  • Hire the right people at every level: Building a strong team starts with recruiting individuals who are the right fit for their roles.

  • Put people in the right roles: Recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of team members and aligning them with suitable roles contributes to organizational success.

  • Think coach, not boss: Great leaders inspire and guide, fostering growth and development.

  • Don't try for perfection: Leadership acknowledges that imperfections are part of the human experience and focuses on continuous improvement.

In conclusion, October Counsel HR 2023 was a platform that not only shed light on the pivotal role of EAPs in today's organizations but also underscored the immense impact that HR professionals can have on the lives of employees. By embracing these principles of leadership and developing robust EAPs, organizations can support their employees and create a workplace where people thrive. The event served as a reminder that the way we lead indeed impacts the way people live, both within and outside the workplace.

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