Employee assistant program and work-life services

BCPS offers employee assistant program and work-life services
Posted on 01/14/2020
Morganton, NC – Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

The new year brings a new employee assistance program to Burke County Public Schools. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, district employees have access to free, confidential, 24/7 help from McLaughlin Young. Based in North Carolina, McLaughlin Young offers employees short-term counseling and consultation for a broad range of life events an employee may experience, including family and relationship issues, depression and anxiety, resiliency and coping skills, work-relation issues, grief and loss, alcohol or drug use, stress and legal and financial issues.

The Burke County Board of Education supported adding the employee assistance program and work-life services to the list of benefits district employees receive at its December meeting. The program is free as Burke County Public Schools pays for the expenses of it.

Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “Because we care about the health and well-being of our employees, we chose to partner with McLaughlin Young to provide this valuable employee assistance program, which is available to not only employees but also their family members. Life is demanding, full of pressures, and frankly, is just hard sometimes. While most of the time we can handle life’s difficulties ourselves, sometimes we need a little extra help.”

In a video message introducing the program to employees, Putnam stressed there is no shame in asking for assistance. He said, “I am here to tell you that it’s OK to reach out and ask for help. Maybe you are experiencing marital problems or having difficulties with a child. Maybe you need assistance with an aging parent or finding harmony between your work and home life. The professional assistance McLaughlin Young offers can make the difference between solving a problem or continuing to struggle through it.”

Employees can access the program through a toll-free number or online. They are offered a face-to-face counseling session and an assessment by a licensed, experienced clinician right here in the area. Employees are receiving more details through flyers and pamphlets and can contact the Human Resource Department with any questions.

Putnam said, “I want to thank our board for whole-heartedly supporting this program and the benefits it provides our employees and their families. We have around 1,450 employees and are one of the biggest employers in the county. Our No. 1, precious product is students, and we have to be at our best to help meet their educational needs everyday. This program will afford our employees the opportunity to reach out for confidential help and take care of themselves and their own needs so they can ultimately be at their best for our students.”

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam

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