Midwest Chaplain Services provide chaplaincy services as a workplace benefit to employees at every level of an organization. We are contracted by business owners, facilities, and human resource managers. Benefits of having a Workplace Chaplain include but not limited to:
- Reduction in tardiness, absenteeism, or turnover.
- Individuals feel valued.
- Increases in productivity.
- Reduces staff conflicts.
- Improves workplace safety.
- Improves morale and teamwork.
- Greater appreciation of management and loyalty.
Employees do not leave their difficulties at home; they travel with them to their jobs. They bring everything in life into work and are rarely able to separate. Chaplains provide confidential discussions for problem issues of employees and their immediate family members. For instance, family issues, marriage, divorce, illness, death, grief and bereavement, and the caring of aging family members are just to name a few.
The major difference between the workplace chaplain and the standard Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is relationship. In the standard EAP the employee is given materials and an 800 number to call, but there is typically no relational connection between the provider and the employee. Employees are more likely to open up to the Workplace Chaplain that they know and trust versus talking to someone on the other end of an 800 number. A Workplace Chaplain is proactive while EAP is reactive.
Workplace chaplains are available to employees and their immediate family 24 hours/7 days a week, 365 days a year. This is done through in person visits or phone. Chaplains will make hospital, funeral home, or other neutral site visits at the employee’s request and when appropriate. At the employer’s request, chaplains will make brief visits to the workplace in order to get to know the employees. The frequency of visits to the workplace will depend on the employer’s request. It is up to the employees if they want to interact with the chaplains. Interacting with chaplains is not a requirement as part of one’s employment.
Chaplains do not promote any particular denomination or religious group, but cares for every individual. Each person’s religious beliefs or perspective will be respected.
The Workplace / Corporate Chaplain will NOT:
- Interfere with the employee work process.
- Force a conversation with an employee.
- Report to management regarding employee work habits.
- Break confidentiality of discussion with employees.
- Preach or proselytize.
- Promote a particular religious group or church.