You’ve got Questions?
We’ve got Answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of your services?
The cost for our program is based on several variables. We’d be more than happy to talk to you to determine an answer to this question – please call 1-800-535-4841 to speak with a marketing service representative.
Do you provide services to employees who do not speak English?
We have telephonic translation services available to assist anyone who doesn’t speak English. When we begin work with a new client, we identify and plan for any specific language issues within the workforce.
How do I know if my employees are using EAP services?
While our services are totally confidential on an individual basis, we can provide a complete set of aggregate service reports to employers. For example, our reports could tell you how many employees used our services in a given time frame and which type of services were used.
How will my employees know about your services?
We provide introductory brochures that employers can distribute to their employees. In addition, we have topical brochures and payroll stuffers that we can provide on request; we can also supply introductory letters that can be issued by senior staff or HR, or articles for your company newsletter. We encourage employers to talk with us to plan the communication methods that will best suit their organization and their culture.
I haven’t heard of ESI before. Are you a new company?
ESI is one of the country’s longest running EAPs with over 30 years in business. We represent more than 1800 employers and over 1,250,000 employee members and their families across the country.
My company is small – what size and type of companies do you work with?
Our current clients range from a 20-employee start-up company to Fortune 500 companies. We work with virtually every type of industry, including both public and private companies; profit and not-for profit organizations; union and non-union companies.
What is the DOT Drug & Alcohol Program?
In response to an increasing trend of transportation-related accidents caused by substance abuse, the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed laws to eliminate substance abuse in “safety sensitive” occupations. In 1991, the Omnibus Transportation Safety Act was passed. This law requires that all employers who have employees who work in “safety sensitive” jobs must provide substance abuse testing and substance abuse training programs for any employees or managers who engage in safety sensitive work.
Which employers must comply with the DOT ‘safety sensitive’ requirements for substance abuse testing and training?
The Omnibus Transportation Safety Act is a law that affects virtually all workers in “safety sensitive” jobs from airline pilots to truckers, as well as workers who have a hand in manufacturing critical parts. Many other organizations that are not governed by the DOT such as tow motor operators and snowplow drivers have also chosen to adopt these rules. If your organization works in any “safety-sensitive” areas related to the above, or if you are unsure, contact the Department of Transportation at (www.dot.gov) for guidance.
How does ESI assist employers to comply with DOT Omnibus Transportation Safety Act?
ESI has full online training to ensure supervisor compliance. We also provide comprehensive information on all compliance requirements – including a 10-step checklist, articles, information, resources and links to help employers meet all requirements.
Who can use the EAP?
EAP services are available to both you and to any members of your immediate family. Please call us if you have any questions about who in your family is eligible for services.
How do I access EAP services?
There are several convenient ways to access our services:
By phone: call 1-800-252-4555 during standard business hours.
Emergencies or crises: If you need immediate assistance, our toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dial 1-800-252-4555. (both voice and TTD services.)
By e-mail: If it is not an emergency, you can contact us by e-mail and get a response the next business day. Click here to email us.
Online: Access a variety of resources and tools by logging on to our password-protected confidential EAP website.
Will my employer know if I use your services?
Your EAP is totally confidential and your employer won’t even know that you are using our services. None of your information – including your name – will be shared with anyone without your written permission.
(In accordance with applicable state laws, exceptions must be made for certain reports of child abuse or significant threats to your safety or the safety of others.)
What is the cost for using the EAP?
There is no cost to you for using our professional services. The program has been prepaid by your employer as a benefit to you and to your eligible family members. Our counselors will explain the range of services that our program provides and answer any questions you may have.
Some life problems may require the help of outside professionals and we might refer you to other service providers such as attorneys or mental health specialists. External service providers are not covered by this program and might entail fees.
How do I know if my problem is covered by your services?
Call us! Our professional counselors will help you with any problems that you may be experiencing. If it’s a problem that isn’t covered by our services, we can point you in the right direction.
Can I make an appointment to meet with a counselor?
Many of the questions we receive can be answered conveniently and quickly on our website or through telephonic counseling. In some cases, however, it just makes sense to schedule a face-to-face meeting. We suggest you discuss this with your case manager when you call.
What is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
The EAP is a confidential counseling, assessment and referral program designed to help you manage work and life problems. Just as health insurance is designed to address your physical well being, your EAP program is designed to address your emotional and mental well being, as well as to help you to manage work/life problems and achieve a healthy work/life balance. It’s a comprehensive and confidential program in your benefit package that is fully paid by your employer.
The World Health Organization recommends that you take steps to reduce your salt intake by getting no more than 5 grams of salt per day. They estimate that, globally, 2.5 million deaths could be prevented each year if salt consumption stayed within its recommended...read more
The first day on the job is important. Review your employee onboarding process to ensure you set the stage for engagement. Here's an infographic to help. We think employee onboarding the right way is pretty important. See our post: Onboarding is the first step in...read more
It's been a long time since we discussed the topic of employee theft on our blog ... in 2006, we talked about a Florida case in which priests were convicted of stealing more than $8 million from their parish. In our post Thou shalt not steal at work, we opined that if...read more
“ESI has been the Employee Assistance provider for SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc. for the past 10 years. Our employees have come to trust and rely on ESI to deliver quality care and resources in a confidential and professional manner. Each year we have seen our utilization rate continue to climb, to a rate of almost 43% last year. Like all companies, some of our employees will face difficult problems or circumstances in the coming year and not know where to turn. We recommend ESI to our team members without hesitation, knowing they can find assistance 24/7/365, whatever the issue .”
“I am proud to consider ESI Employee Assistance Group an extension of my Human Resources department. With the diverse nature of employees within a municipal environment, ESI demonstrates a deep understanding of the work that we perform as well as a genuine care for our employees’ needs both personally and professionally. The suite of services that ESI provides is second to none, and available to employees in the format that they are most comfortable with – online, over the phone, or face to face. I regularly advise our employees that whenever they come across an issue – large or small – that they need to address and don’t know where to start, they can’t go wrong with their first step being a phone call or online visit to ESI.”
“We’ve developed a great partnership with ESI Employee Assistance Group over the years. They’re extremely responsive, always willing to go the extra mile and have rolled out several recent benefits that are well-received by our employees, including college tuition discounts and free personal and professional coaching. I would recommend them to anyone, especially those looking for a more personal EAP program.”
“Here at MassTech, we recently switched our Employee Assistance Program over to ESI Employee Assistance Group, and we could not be more pleased. One of the things we value most about ESI is how proactive they are with our employees. Employees appreciate getting emails updating them on all that ESI has to offer.
Thank you for always being there when we have questions or need support. We look very forward to continuing our relationship with ESI!”
“The Summit Federal Credit Union has worked with ESI since 1984 and I am extremely impressed with the level of support, responsiveness, expertise and overall service provided to the credit union and to our employees. With their guidance and partnership, we have successfully implemented, or plan to implement, solutions that will continue to make a positive impact on our organizational culture. ESI is extremely easy for our employees to work with, too. The staff at ESI is caring and compassionate. They have always handled employee situations on a priority basis and in a highly confidential manner. I am very pleased to be working with ESI. ”
“Since joining ESI in 2009 the Central MA Collaborative employees have found invaluable resources and training to help deal with work and life challenges. The EAP has helped us establish a successful program allowing our staff to find assistance to both administrative and personal issues. We have been pleasantly surprised to find such prompt response to issues at any time day or night.”
“ESI has always responded to the needs of the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES in a prompt and professional manner. The employee assistance program has been an asset to our management personnel in dealing with sensitive employee issues that impact work performance. It also has been a vital resource to our employees when they needed a place to turn for assistance with a wide range of personal difficulties.”
“At Whirley-DrinkWorks!, we feel that ESI clearly sets the standard for a “business partner.”
Our utilization rate for the Employee Assistance Program is high across all categories of services and we attribute that to the excellent services and reputation ESI has established with our TeamMates. ESI exceeds expectation through their service, professionalism, training and care they take with each individual who reaches out for assistance.
ESI continues to go above and beyond by offering flexible schedules to allow our TeamMates to get help at any time. They also provide valuable service to our supervisors and management staff going above and beyond normal training. Our organization is very satisfied and would recommend ESI based off of their professionalism and “people focus.” ”
Beth Pellegrino – HR Director
“As the Director of Human Resources, I was looking for a comprehensive EAP program to meet our diverse needs. For more than two years now, ESI has exceeded our expectations by providing personalized and effective services.
Our utilization is up over our previous EAP – largely due to the excellent educational programs offered through ESI. Our employees are extremely pleased by the wide range of services offered and feedback continues to be positive. All matters are handled in a capable and confidential manner. I consider ESI to be a true leader in Employee Assistance Programs.”
“I have been very impressed by the quality and variety of services provided by ESI. They span much more than the traditional counseling services provided by an EAP, and they seem to be adding at least one or two new services each year. Our employees are one call away from an answer to a weight loss question, a pet care issue or a legal concern.”