Supervisors’ knowledge levels in the management of employee assistance programmes
Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology. Centre for HIV/AIDS Management))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.
The profound impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace warrants urgent workplace interventions in order to minimize the negative impact. In the absence of these interventions in the Public Sector , the services rendered will not be effective. The Employee Assistance programme is a tool introduced in the workplace to assist supervisors in their management of employees whose job performance is being impaired by some form of problem. The impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace is currently changing the role of supervisors to ensure that systems are in place to minimise the negative impact thereof. It must also be noted that early identification and management of the epidemic will be beneficial to the employee and the employer. The aim of the study is to determine whether the training intervention administered will make a significant difference in the level of knowledge acquired by the supervisors after being exposed to the training. The research was conducted in the Office of the Premier within a random group of participants. The findings of the study in relation to the literature review infer that training of supervisors to manage employees through the employee assistance programme is vital. However, the results of the statistical analysis revealed that there was no significant difference between the level of knowledge of the control and experimental groups. In light of this, limitations to the study have been identified and recommendations made.