Global Expansion Marks 25th Anniversary

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<p><strong>Raleigh, N.C. &mdash; May 22</strong><br />Twenty-five years after Workplace Options began offering work-life consulting and training services, the provider of work-life employee benefits spans four continents and 80 countries.<br /><br />The company, based in Raleigh, N.C., celebrates its 25th anniversary year with continued growth. </p><p>This month, Workplace Options will move into a new headquarters three times the size of its current center. </p><p>Global expansion includes the June 2006 purchase of Employee Advisory Resource in London, one of the United Kingdom&#39;s largest providers of employee effectiveness services. </p><p>In early 2007, Workplace Options acquired Dublin&rsquo;s EAP Solutions, further extending its worldwide network of providers.<br /><br />&quot;The changes we&rsquo;ve experienced as a result of tremendous growth are matched only by the sweeping changes that have taken place across the work-life industry,&rdquo; said Stephanie Fanjul, Workplace Options founder. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to have reached this significant milestone.&rdquo;<br /><br />Several key changes have transformed the work-life landscape since the early 1980s. Then, fewer than 5 percent of large employers offered work-life benefits to employees, while today more than 75 percent offer such benefits.&nbsp; </p><p>Also in the industry&rsquo;s early years, work-life benefits consisted primarily of child-care resource and referrals. </p><p>Now, Workplace Options offers customizable solutions for all aspects of an employee&rsquo;s life &mdash; including child care, elder care, financial, legal, wellness, identity threat recovery, training, concierge services and more. <br /><br />&ldquo;What has carried us through the past 25 years is our willingness to be flexible and creative as we work to meet our customers&rsquo; needs,&rdquo; Alan King, Worplace Options president, said. &ldquo;We have become a full-service provider for our EAP clients, adding new services such as health risk assessments and eMindhealth, which offers network provider solutions for behavioral health companies.&rdquo;<br /><br />The technology has changed too. Two decades ago, work-life employee benefits could be accessed only via the telephone.</p><p>Today, employees can access Workplace Options&#39; services by telephone, e-mail or via instant messaging. Seminars can even be downloaded onto MP3 players and other portable devices. <br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve grown alongside Workplace Options during the past 25 years, and amidst dramatic changes in the industry, they&rsquo;ve always been responsive to our needs,&rdquo; said Robert Levy, Corporate Counseling Associates president. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a competitive advantage for us to have a work-life partner who isn&rsquo;t afraid to be a creative leader in both technology and service.&rdquo;<br /><br />Workplace Options&#39; unique business model contributed heavily to the company&rsquo;s growth. </p><p>In the mid 1990s, shifting buying patterns resulted in organizations looking to their employee assistance program (EAP) or health plans for work-life services. As </p><p>a result, the business was restructured &mdash; rather than sell directly to employers, the company instead partnered with EAPs and other third-party organizations to provide work-life services. </p><p>The decision paid off, making Workplace Options the ideal work-life partner for corporate America, and fueling its explosive growth in the 1990s.</p>

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