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Building EA and HR Relationships - Free Friday EAPA Member Webinar
January 28, 2022
Online Course

Meeting Mutual Service Needs: Building EA / HR Relationships

Presented by: Gregory P. DeLapp, MHS, CEAP

  • Former CEO – EAPA (2016-2021)
  • Past President – EAPA (1998-2000)
  • Employee Assistance Professional since 1978


Presented:  EAPA Free Friday Member Webinar, January 28, 2022, 12 Noon – 1:00 PM USA East via EAPA Zoom Platform

Approved by the EACC for 1 PDH in Domain I, II



Building the EA / HR relationship is contingent on understanding the mutual service needs of both entities in the workplace. Finessing practical points of workplace interaction through benefits, payroll, safety/security, occ health, talent acquisition, employee relations, disability / LOA management, benefits communications, and key HR policy issues moves the EA role well beyond an EA / employee focus, further integrates EA across the workplace, and builds the EA / HR relationship needed for EA service visibility, value, and utility to the organization.



  • Understanding basic workplace roles and service responsibilities of EA and HR.
  • Understanding key points of interaction and mutual service needs engaged in by both EA and HR in mutual support of the organization and employees.
  • Developing practical synergies between EA / HR to increase EA visibility, intervention, access, referrals, utilization, service delivery, and value.
  • Understanding the practical and essential application of the EA consultation role as the foundation for interaction with HR.
  •  Understanding that delivering on the mutual service needs in the EA / HR relationship is the basis for positioning EA on a value basis well beyond employee utilization metrics.