27 November 2014

Divorce is impacting on workplaces in Lincolnshire

8% locally have had to leave jobs after a split, or have a colleague who has; 17% have seen workplace hit by sick leave following stress of break-up; 15% say separation or divorce had a negative impact on productivity.

Businesses in Lincolnshire are suffering as a result of divorce and separation. That’s the finding of a new piece of research from family law not for profit group Resolution.

The research, released on 26 November 2014, shows that 8% of people in the East Midlands have either had to leave their job as a result of their own separation, or have seen a colleague move on for the same reason.

According to Resolution, who commissioned the research to mark Family Dispute Resolution Week, the stress of separation also has an impact, with 17% saying they or one of their colleagues has had to take sick leave as a direct result of the anguish of a break up. 15% of people in the East Midlands said separation and divorce has had a negative impact on productivity where they work.

Yet despite the effect it has on them or their colleagues, just 8% of people think their employers offer adequate support for people going through a break up, with 37% saying more needs to be done to provide support in the workplace for those undergoing separation or divorce.

It is estimated that divorce costs the British economy up to £46bn every year1; and the British Chambers of Commerce recently emphasised the relationship between employees’ wellbeing and business productivity2.

Commenting on the research, Lisa Boileau, partner and family law expert at Wilkin Chapman LLP and Resolution member said: “It can be easy to forget that sometimes things going on outside of work have a profound effect on what happens within it, as these figures show.

“With workers across Britain seeing a notable impact on productivity, taking sick leave, or even leaving their jobs altogether, divorce and separation is an issue that bosses need to take seriously and look out for the warning signs.

“There are 24,260 small businesses (i.e. those with less than 50 employees) in Lincolnshire, so losing just one member of staff - even for a short amount of time - can have a huge impact on productivity, and on the other people that work there.

“Divorce is a really stressful thing to go through – but there is a better way to deal with it. Resolution members in Lincolnshire help people manage their separation in a way that minimises conflict, focuses on the needs of any children they might have, and helps them avoid court if they can.

“Divorce and separation affects a huge number of people – 73% of people in the East Midlands have been through a split themselves, or know someone who has.

“So if someone you know at work is separating from their spouse or partner, encourage them to speak to a Resolution member, read the advice on the Resolution website, or download Resolution's free guide to the options available to them. Separation is tough, but there is a better way.”

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