HR: Employee Handbook: Employee Assistance Program

What Is The Employee Assistance Program?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential evaluation and referral source for Smithsonian employees experiencing personal problems. You can usually manage most of your problems by yourself, or with the help of family and friends. But sometimes a serious and persistent problem can affect your work or your relationship with your coworkers. The program is available to assist you in recognizing and resolving these problems and offers both counseling services and resources.

A variety of problems can interfere with your work performance and personal life:

  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency
  • Emotional Distress
  • Family and Marital Crisis
  • Financial Problems
  • Medical Concerns

The most difficult part is asking for help. If you need help or would just like to talk, a counselorwould be happy to speak with you.

How Much Will It Cost?

There is no charge for counseling services for you and your family members. If you need additional assistance, counselors will refer you to the appropriate resources.

Taking That First Step: Asking For Help

The Employee Assistance Program of the Smithsonian Institution is available to all SAO employees. If you would like assistance, please contact:

Smithsonian Institution
Employee Assistance Program
Office of Human Resources
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1054

You may also call Linda McDonald in the Human Resources Department at (617) 496-7605 to obtain program brochures.

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