Divorce, work productivity and employer resources

As our work and personal lives become more intertwined, it is not surprising that one can impact the other. Any disruptions at home can mean distraction and disrupted productivity in the office. As businesses become more aware of the relationship between "work" and "life," some experts are acknowledging the deep and broad impact of divorce at the individual and corporate level. Some advocates are working towards a business-model reform that would help employees transition through divorce in Salt Lake City, Utah and nationwide.

Anyone who has been through a divorce knows that in addition to personal struggles, professional work product and performance can also suffer. Dividing property, working out custody arrangements and untangling life from spouse can be stressful, expensive, and overwhelming. In addition to the practical aspects of ending a marriage, there is also the emotional toll it can take on the couple and their children.

In a high-conflict divorce, these problems can be exacerbated. Not surprisingly, the stress and personal conflict associated with divorce can spill over into work life. According to studies, divorcing employees work more slowly and make more mistakes. In some instances they may project anger towards colleagues and customers. Marital problems can also lead to absences, tardiness, on-the-job injury and reduced productivity.

New reform would offer support from employers, including counseling, education and legal services. Supporters ask that businesses become more involved on behalf of their divorcing employees to help reduce conflict and streamline the divorce process. In addition to helping their employees, businesses would benefit from increased productivity, help reduce conflict between parties, and give employees structured support.

An employer's support and involvement with a divorce could ease the financial and personal pressures associated with separation, divorce, custody, and property issues. Both employers and employees would benefit from a reform that could help address legal issues, minimize conflict and help divorcing employees get back to work.

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