Divorce is often cited as one of life’s most stressful events, ranking second only to the death of a spouse in many studies. With an enhanced focus on supporting employees through all life stages and a more holistic approach to wellbeing post-pandemic, it should perhaps therefore not be surprising that PwC, Unilever, Metro Bank and Tesco are among a host of major UK employers who have joined an initiative pledging to give extra support to families navigating a separation.
Work can be a stressor for us all, and for transgender individuals, this can come with the additional burden of having to suppress their gender identity to conform to societal norms. This can have a hugely debilitating effect on an individual’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being and, over time, could lead to absenteeism, disengagement and lack of employee retention.
Leaders of the future recognize that they must shift their thinking on how to structure the employee-employer relationship. They must understand that the needs of employees aren’t simple or linear and that in order to attract, engage and retain talent, they must first understand the needs of their workforce, then develop a strategy and quickly execute a plan.
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People often forget that when a business owner experiences a difficult life event such as a divorce or bereavement, he or she cannot only focus on his or her personal circumstances. The owner is also focused on the impact these events may have on their company and its employees as a whole.
New research shows that the relationship difficulties uncovered or even created by Covid-19 far exceed mere strain on couples. The pandemic’s perfect storm of prolonged stress, uncertainty and increased family responsibilities has driven many couples to reevaluate their relationships entirely and rethink how they want to live the rest of their lives.
It is undeniable that this pandemic has affected each one of us, so suffice it to say that all Americans have experienced grief and loss this past year. Why then are companies not talking about its impact on their employees and offering more support?
It is often said that the only real winner in a divorce is the lawyer because of the ballooning legal fees in litigated divorces. There are multiple options to choose from when proceeding with a divorce, yet most couples believe they must head straight to court.