(1) Assisting employees in resolving personal problems that impair their performance
will result in a more productive workforce, better morale, reduced stress, reduced
use of medical benefits, reduced absenteeism, lower turnover rates, and fewer accidents;
(2) A substantial number of employee problems can be identified and the employees
referred to treatment by an employee assistance program;
(3) The state, as an employer, desires to foster a working environment that promotes
safety and productivity as well as the health and well-being of its employees.
Therefore, it is the purpose of RCW 41.04.710 through 41.04.730 to assist state employees by establishing a state employee assistance program.
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