Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trends in 2016

MHN iStock_000021301912_SmallA recent article in *U.S. News and World Report outlined several employee benefit trends to watch in 2016 – including two EAP-related ones: a focus on wellness and financial fitness.

Wellness programs are growing in popularity, as employees see them as a way to curb rising health care costs and improve the health of their workforce1.


In fact, a 2015 survey of over 400 employers by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 80 percent of respondents currently offer wellness resources and information while five percent plan to offer the benefit in the next 12 months2. Health and lifestyle coaching, smoking cessation programs, and incentives or bonuses for employees who participate in fitness programs or health assessments are on the rise, according to SHRM.

Financial fitness is another area to watch in 2016, says U.S. News and World Report. A growing number of employers now offer resources to help employees manage and invest their money. Aon’s 2015 Hot Topics in Retirement report found that 93 percent of 250 employers surveyed said they are very or moderately likely to expand their focus beyond retirement to other aspects of financial fitness.


Reaching workforce wellness and financial fitness goals

MHN, Health Net, Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary, offers a standard EAP that includes integrated wellness services and financial services:

  • Integrated wellness services – Bundling an EAP (emotional health and work-life support) with Mayo Clinic certified wellness coaching (for weight, stress, smoking, sleep, and more) can produce better results and foster a culture of whole person well-being. MHN’s integrated wellness services consist of personal wellness coaching, health assessments and an interactive wellness portal with tools and trackers, videos, online seminars, and mobile apps.
  • Financial services – As part of its suite of Work & Life services, MHN offers financial services – unlimited telephonic access to financial consultants on subjects such as credit counseling, debt and budgeting assistance, retirement planning, and more (investment advice, loans and bill payments not included). MHN members also have access to online financial tools, calculators, worksheets, and information on the EAP member website.

To learn more, please visit www.mhn.com, call 1-800-327-7526 or email productinfo@mhn.com.



* US News and World Report


This article is for informational and self-help purposes only. It should not be treated as a substitute for financial, medical, psychiatric, psychological, or behavioral health care advice, or as a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional.
Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN) is a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. The MHN family of companies includes Managed Health Network, MHN Services and MHN Government Services. Health Net and Managed Health Network are registered service marks of Health Net, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.



1Sheryl Smolkin, “Wellness programs in 2016: What employers need to know,” Employee Benefit News, 9 December 2015, http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/employer-strategies/wellness-programs-in-2016-what-employers-need-to-know-2747865-1.html#Login.

2Susan Johnston Taylor, “5 Employee benefit trends to watch in 2016,” U.S. News and World Report, 15 December 2015, http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015-12-15/5-employee-benefit-trends-to-watch-in-2016.

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