What do do when an employee is going through a divorce
While divorce is a personal matter, the emotional impact can extend into the workplace and businesses are suffering as a result; it is costing the British economy around £46 billion a year. When people are distracted they make more mistakes and work more slowly. If they're feeling depressed, their creativity will be down. If they're feeling angry, they may project some of that anger onto co-workers or even customers.
Divorce isn't something that employees will necessarily wish to talk about, but the stress of a relationship breakdown can impact on their emotional wellbeing increasing stress levels dramatically. It therefore makes good sense for employers to acknowledge the role they can play in assisting their employees through the turmoil of a divorce.
By educating yourself about the impact of divorce and how to effectively manage the process, you can support your employees to maintain the focus and productivity you need. Recognising what employees face in divorce will lead you to a greater understanding of what needs to be done, thereby enabling employees to contribute more effectively.
What can employers do to help?