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Employee Assistance Program

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 05-23-89
Last Date Modified & Approved:

Policy Statement:
The welfare and success of Lake Michigan College depends on the physical and psychological health of its employees. When personal problems affect job performance, jeopardize academic progress and/or organizational productivity, it becomes the concern of the College. Lake Michigan College recognizes that employees frequently delay or resist getting help for personal problems because of the fear or stigma attached to securing professional help. Therefore, Lake Michigan College has developed an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which will afford employees the opportunity to secure confidential help and assistance. The EAP is available to all full-time and regular part-time employees or their families on a self-referral basis since problems at home can affect performance on the job. When an employee refers him/herself to the EAP, there is no documentation of the request for help in the personnel file.

Employees who demonstrate consistent unsatisfactory job performance will be advised by their supervisor to seek assistance from the program. If job performance problems are corrected, no further action will be taken. If performance problems persist, the employee is subject to the normal corrective procedure. When an employee is referred to the EAP by a supervisor, the referral and the documentation of poor job performance is placed in the personnel file.

Lake Michigan College recognizes that personal problems of an emotional, mental, financial or legal nature can disrupt lives and cause difficulties that can impact a person's ability to do his/her job. Individuals experiencing any life problems are encouraged to seek assistance from the program.

Further, Lake Michigan College recognizes that alcoholism/drug addiction is a chronic progressive disease that not only disrupts the chemically dependent person's life, but the lives of his/her family and the entire community. The abuse of drugs and alcohol poses a serious threat to the College, its students, and its employees. Be it known, therefore, that Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to maintain a drug free work place to ensure that the College, its students and employees work together to continuously provide a safe, healthful, efficient work environment.

Individuals who believe they have a problem with alcohol or other drugs are encouraged to utilize the Employee Assistance Program to receive help for their problem. Employees violating the College's code of conduct specific to a drug free work place will be subject to normal corrective procedures.

In summary, Lake Michigan College believes that the success of the College depends on the vitality, health, and productivity of its employees and students. The development of the  Employee Assistance Program affords each employee the opportunity to seek assistance for personal problems that could hinder both personal and career goals.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services & Special Assistant to the President