As a school district, Spartanburg District Five believes there's nothing more important than the safety and health of our students and staff. That's why we're so proud to offer an Employee Assistance Program (or EAP) to all District Five staff members, as a valuable benefit for them and their family members. In May of 2021, District Five was the first district in Spartanburg County to offer this benefit to its employees.
We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services. No enrollment is required, and employees are eligible to use the EAP through McLaughlin Young immediately upon their hiring with District Five Schools.
The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, the EAP provides work-life resources for such issues as legal and financial consultations, online learning and resources.
The EAP has a network of counselors that are conveniently located. They can help employees improve or resolve personal difficulties, whether big or small, personal or work-related.
Some examples of concerns that the EAP addresses include:
Family and relationship issues
Resiliency and coping skills
Grief and loss
Depression and anxiety
Alcohol and drug use
Legal and financial issues
Confidentiality is one of the most important features of the EAP. No one will know that an employee has used this resource unless they offer that information or unless someone’s safety is threatened.
There is no cost to the employee for their phone calls, virtual or face-to-face visits with the EAP. Spartanburg District Five covers all expenses for this program.
To seek assistance through the EAP, simply call 704-529-1428 or 800-633-3353. Appointments are available during both daytime and evening hours. If an employee schedules appointments during work hours, it is the employee's responsibility to make appropriate arrangements with their supervisor or Director of Personnel, Heather Lister. The EAP is not designed to evaluate fitness for duty or authorize leave of absences but will provide referrals as needed.
Please take advantage of this wonderful benefit. The EAP staff at McLaughlin Young is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you. Remember, the EAP is always a good place to begin.