how divorce effects the bottom line in your company!

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Let us help you see how the affects of divorce in the workplace are affecting your businesses bottom line. Employees struggling through a divorce and the aftermath that continues for years are often missing work, have poor performance, and lower productivity than other employees. Even though these employees are at work, they’re often absent mentally, emotionally and creatively. Harvard Business Review estimated that presenteeism costs American business $150 billion annually. A distracted employee is a significant cost to a business being able to reach its goals, to make informed decisions, and have troubleshooting ideas that affect the bottom line.

Divorce issues often stretching into months and years.

he financial toll it takes on businesses’ as the Minneapolis-based Life Innovations study titled “Marriage and Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business?” calculated that stress from relationship-related issues costs companies $300 billion a year. This study also found that employees lose more than 168 hours of work time in the year following a divorce, which is reported to be more than 8% of their actual time at work.

A study from the Grief Recovery Institute found that workplace costs from serious emotional distress are $75 billion a year. It’s not just divorce, but custody issues, child protection issues, and the list goes on.

The family court also cause elevated stress and anxiety.

These employees have health issues and increased healthcare costs for the employee and the company. Parents are being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Distress Disorder (PTSD) from family court. PARENTS ARE BEING TRAUMATIZED BY THE SYSTEM!

Stop office gossip so work can be focused on.

Employees talk about their issues to relieve stress and they may confide in a coworker. Confiding in a coach/counselor will be more effective. A health and wellness program that offers therapy can be helpful. A licensed therapist or counselor do not understand what is really happening in the family court. Health insurance can pay for these appointment, but a lot of therapy sessions will be needed. Therefore, Work Wellness only has coaches that have been in the family court system for 10 years or more.

Phone appointments verses office appointments.

Appointments that can be done over the phone instead of going to an office will also cut down employee absenteeism. Sometimes an employee can even take a late lunch and talk with a coach/counselor. For office appointments the employee will need to have an hour for the session plus driving time. Most employees will take a half a day off work to since lunch will be an hour after the session or the work day will end an hour after the session so why bother going to work.

Employers can help their employees easily.

Offering employees support with a coach/counselor who has been through the family court system. Since insurance will not pay for these services, offering to pay for a few session will help the employee find the coach/counselor that is the right fit for them. They will have to continue to pay for services out of their own pocket. Lawyer bills are high and employees may not be able to pay for these services so a company may want to extend how many appointments they will pay for.

Provide a seminar on family court.

A lot of people do not really understand what goes on in family court. Other employees may be judging a coworker who is trying to figure out what exactly is going on in family court. Providing a seminar to employees will help cut down the gossip as well.

When an employee doesn’t get help, their work performance will suffer.

Work Wellness networks with other parents and agencies that deal with family court, so we stay on top of what is happening in the family courts. We can offer your employees consultations, courses, and other services that can help with other needs they may have.

We make helping your employees easy.

We will email you posters that you can have printed off and placed throughout the work environment. You can place these posters in a company newsletter or email explaining that help is out there. If you want to reimburse employees for services. Let employees know services are available or that you are willing to cover a certain amount of appointments. Employees can submit an invoice to your human resource department or payroll for reimbursement. Call Work Wellness at 505-933-5029 for more information.

workplace distractions!

Parents worry about their kids.

A father going through a difficult divorce while at the same time struggling with an adolescent daughter who was in and out of treatment for behavioral health issues. While at work this dad was so concerned about his daughter that he dropped everything to accept cell phone calls, no matter what he was doing.

Customer feedback about the distractions was reaching his colleagues and the CEO of the company.

Not only was he distracted and provided poor customer service and disruptions in the schedule, he also fell deeply behind in record keeping and paperwork. The company felt the employee was highly valued and whose performance, until recently, had been outstanding.

A team made a thorough evaluation of the situation and developed this performance improvement plan:

No cell phone while on the clock unless it was a call from a doctor or an emergency.

A temporary reduction in helping customers to give him time to catch up on his paperwork.

Counseling to help work through his marital and parenting issues.

The dad learned what to expect during and after the divorce, how divorce affects children, and even took a course on how to represent himself.

This dad was unaware of how his behavior was affecting customers, colleagues, and the company. He was grateful for the support the company extended and being able to not have work be part of his stress anymore. The company saw immediate and noticeable improvements and was happy that this situation was turned around quickly.

“He/she going through a divorce,” is a phrase you don’t want to take lightly at work these days.

Divorce can cause mental health and substance abuse issues. If your employee has been dealing with family court for years, you may have an employee with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Companies can provide all the help an employee needs to remain productive without getting into the nitty-gritty details of the employee’s personal life