Life Skills Training as Part of Employee Assistance Programs in South Africa

By Florinda Taute.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Research by Taute (1992) and (2004-2005) proved that the social functioning of people is hampered by too much frustration, too little satisfaction and insufficient contentment with life. Companies can achieve a far better return on training investments by putting more emphasis on people skills. Companies need to become the employer of choice in society; this must be the greatest place to work for, so companies need to zero in on their employees (Blanchard, 2000). There needs to be employee satisfaction (value creation).

Competence building through Life Skills education may be the single most effective preventative strategy for dealing with social issues and concerns in most communities (Tschohl, 2004). “Developing your interpersonal skills is not only beneficial in helping you satisfy the demands of the employer. It can also greatly reduce work stress, increase your productivity and ultimately enhance your reputation, perhaps your position within the firm” (Messmer, 2001). Life Skills acquisition should thus become an integral part of any proactive training program, and should be endorsed by the employer as part of the process of lifelong learning towards self-actualisation.

Research has been done on the impact of the Life skills program at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with positive results

Keywords: Life Skills, Employee Assistance Programme, Impact, Knowledge, Attitude

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.41-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 580.014KB).

Dr. Florinda Taute

Snr Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Lecturing on under-graduate and post-graduate level. Responsible for modules on Fundamental Social Work and Employee Assistance Programs. Provide supervision to masters students. Parttime involved in own private practice. Fond of reading, travelling, gardening and excercises.


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