Updated: Feb 23
3 REASONS YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYEE’S DIVORCE:
As human resource professionals, you’ve heard many personal stories from your employees, from illness to financial uncertainty to deeply personal issues, like divorce.
Statistics show that 50% of first-time marriages end in divorce; it’s no surprise that many of your employees face this situation. The question is, what can you do to help them? And, why should you care about helping at all? After all, it’s not like this will affect the business, right?
Reason # 1: Time away from work. Your employee will have to take time off to attend court conferences, depositions, meetings with their attorneys, attorneys for their children, financial experts and psychologists. Once a divorce case enters the court system, even more time is consumed as preparations are made for hearings that are frequently delayed or postponed. Unless they choose a different method.
Reason #2 Money. The cost of divorce can be devastating, particularly when it is contested in court. In New York alone, the average divorce can cost one party between $17,000 and $25,000 (2018 data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Your employee may deplete their resources long before the case is heard in court. Once in court, your employee’s financial wellbeing will be dictated by a judge who follows only the specifics of the law, without consideration of your employee’s unique circumstance. The greater the financial strain your employee is undergoing, the more likely s/he may feel pressured to be at work all the time, ready or not.
Reason #3 Focus.
Divorce is emotionally and financially draining; there is no way around that. It is a time of compete uncertainty and can leave a person feeling overwhelmed by even the most routine and familiar tasks. Your employee may become withdrawn and depressed, or angry and volatile, which leads to loss of focus and productivity, or worse, workplace conflict.
There is a better way:
Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals (LI-CDP) offer an alternative approach that is dramatically different, because your employee benefits from a team of resources that collaborate to create the best outcome, outside the court system.
¨Reduces time away from work.
¨Saves money because your employee only pays for the time spent with each professional actively working toward resolution, instead of time spent waiting outside the courtroom for a hearing that is canceled or postponed.
¨Allows your employee to choose the members of their team (lawyer, financial advisor, social ) who will work best for them and their situation. This provides a much-needed sense of control over their life and the lives of their children.
As a service provided through your EAP, employees will have confidence that the LI-CDP professionals you refer them to will be looking out for their interests, helping them move forward with their lives, and getting back to work.