November 15, 2022
Hi Everyone. This blog will have a different tone. Our team has been VERY busy these past few months! Tis the season for benefit renewals, end of quarters, end of year, seasons changing, and holidays around the corner. Additionally, our team has taken on a few extra projects this past summer/fall and now we are working our way into winter.
We wanted to give you a quick summary of the work we have been doing so you know what we can help you with, how we support your organization at every level, entry level employee to CEO and so you can get to know Northstar a little bit better, and how we operate as a true stand alone Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Pulling from the Employee Assistance Professionals Association site, we want to remind everyone the goal for EAPs that operate holistically and according to the 8 technologies defined by the industry, “Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) serve organizations and their employees in multiple ways, ranging from consultation at the strategic level about issues with organization-wide implications to individual assistance to employees and family members experiencing personal difficulties. As workplace programs, the structure and operation of each EAP varies with the structure, functioning, and needs of the organization(s) it serves.”
What this can translate and look like is slightly different depending on each organization and the partnership they have with Northstar. We are a strategic partner and HR for HR, we are also a mental health intervention and a resource and tool for employees and their families. Some company leadership leans into our offerings and services greatly and consistently and some call as needed.
As we have discussed in other blog posts, we do use our Utilization Review meetings to consider what each organization could use in terms of proactive and reactive options. Here is a list of what some of these initiatives has looked like for our team over the past few months:
A term we recently discussed with a client was ‘COVID Hangover’ ™ (Haha) This encompasses all the issues we are dealing with post-pandemic or in our current phase with COVID that affected issues like, supply chain, staffing, employee retention, the great reshuffle and resignation, all these data points get us to today and we keep moving forward.
P.S. Check out a ‘Mental Health Links’ resources page and see a few of our friends that we have been referring lately. We want to highlight the group forHaley.com and the ‘Mental Health Search Engine’ they are working to share. We will promote a few more groups coming up and let you know about partners and friends we have worked with and feel good about telling you to also use! Good luck to the deer hunters we know and get ready to close out 2022.
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