Employee divorce: what impact on the company, what possible welfare prospects.
Separation and divorce, now a common event affecting over a third of the population, can have a significant impact on the productivity and morale of the worker himself but also on the reputation and productivity in the company.
Companies should help employees during this difficult time through a variety of policies and support programs that also protect the company itself.
Indeed, divorce can cause stress and distraction in employees, reducing their productivity and the quality of work. Additionally, employees going through a divorce may take more time off or experience stress-related health issues, affecting their willingness to work.
Employee divorce, as we have anticipated, can have a significant impact on companies, in particular it can impact on:
1. Diminished Productivity: During a divorce, employees can be distracted and stressed. This can reduce their productivity and the quality of the work they do. Additionally, employees going through a divorce may be taking more time off or experiencing stress-related health issues, which in turn can reduce their willingness to work.
2. Replacement Costs: Employees who leave the company due to divorce must be replaced. This leads to costs for training the new employee and lost time and productivity during the transition.
3. Impact on staff morale: An employee's divorce can have a negative impact on staff morale. Co-workers of the divorced employee may feel uncomfortable or distracted by personal matters and this can affect their productivity.
4. Legal Liability: In some cases, the company may be legally liable for the financial support of the divorced employee or be involved in judgment regarding the value of company compensation, awards, or benefits.
5. Damaged Reputation: An employee's divorce can negatively affect the company's reputation. Customers and suppliers may perceive the company as less stable and reliable.
Companies should be aware of these consequences and seek to implement supportive policies and programs to help employees during this challenging time.
To help employees during a divorce, companies can thus offer internal courses to train staff in family conflict, possible remedies but also possible non-contentious ways out as well as possible ad hoc programs of psychological or financial support .
It has been seen that in companies where employees were trained in family conflict management and peaceful resolution of family disputes, the impact of the worker's divorce on the company was minimal
These programs can help those in the throes of separation manage stress and deal with associated financial challenges but also build solidarity between colleagues and their families during a difficult time thus creating a protective safety net for everyone, including the company.
Furthermore, companies, once the rules of the new separated family are clear, especially when there are minor children, can offer flexibility in working hours or position to help employees balance work and personal needs in managing of the children.
In summary, helping employees through divorce can have many benefits for companies, such as increased productivity, increased trust in the company, attracting and retaining staff, a positive company reputation.
For years, the Cecatiello Law Firm has been promoting interventions in companies for the creation of programs to support employees who find themselves managing a family crisis and for the prevention of possible damages deriving from poor management of separation and divorce.
Avv. Armando Cecatiello Familiarist Patrimonialist MIlan Lugano