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Employers sign up to supporting employees through divorce

Employers sign up to supporting employees through divorce
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In a week where the Italian Prime Minister announced that she was taking a day’s leave after the breakup of her relationship, we ask ourselves if HR is equipped to support employees through divorce and separation.

The Positive Parenting Alliance (PPA) is a group of organisations and individuals who aim to create a genuinely child-focused society and better systems to ensure the long-term wellbeing of children when their parents separate.

Through its “HR initiative”, it encourages employers to implement policies that are specifically designed for those going through divorce or separation.

The PPA argues that businesses have a critical role in supporting families, including those going through separation or divorce. However, in a survey it carried out in January 2023, only 9% of respondents reported that their employer had a specific policy that they could turn to.

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Failing to address this can have a major impact on individual performance and ability to work at all. Other findings of the PPA survey were:

·       over 90% said that their work performance was impacted in some way when they went through a divorce

·       95% reported that their mental health at work suffered

·       70% admitted to being less efficient at work

·       39% took time off as a result of the separation

·       12% stopped working due to the separation.

Implementing support for employees going through divorce and separation

The PPA HR initiative has been running since January 2023. Already, large employers such as NatWest Group, Vodafone, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Tesco, Asda, Unilever and Metro Bank have signed up to it. In doing this, they are committing their business to recognising divorce and separation as a major life event and taking steps to support their employees going through this.

The most straightforward way to demonstrate this is through the development of a specific policy, that outlines the options available to employees and how their employer will support them. The benefit of doing it this way is to create a central source of information that employees can access at will, rather than having to try and seek out what is available within their workplace, which can be difficult without a policy. It is also an advert for what is available; some employees may not even realise their employer can support them for this.

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