29 Jul

HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS PRODUCTIVITY IN A WORKPLACE

What is domestic violence?

Lets start by defining the term “domestic violence” – it describes a range of behaviours or actions taken by a person to control and dominate another person. It is characterized by abusive, coercive, forceful, or threatening acts or words used by one member of a family, household, or intimate relationship against another.

 

How does it affect the workplace?

Domestic violence can enter the workplace when an abuser attempts to harass, stalk, threaten, or injure a victim at work. It can affect employee productivity, lead to absenteeism, affect workplace morale, and put a workplace at risk. Domestic violence is never left at home.

Research shows that workplaces can and do make a difference in contributing to the safety and well-being of those experiencing domestic violence.

Being aware of potential signs of domestic violence can help you to take the appropriate measures to prevent it from escalating in your workplace.

Meanwhile, let us look at how domestic violence affects productivity in the workplace:

  1. Domestic violence affects productivity and increase absenteeism
  2. 74% of employed battered women were harassed by their partner while at work
  3. This caused 56% of them to be late for work at least five times a month
  4. 28% to leave early at least  five days  a month
  5. 54% to miss at least three full days of work a month
  6. The total health care costs of violence are estimated in hundred of millions each month, much of which is paid by the employer
  7. 47% senior executives polled said that domestic violence has a harmful effect on the company productivity.
  8. 78% human resources professionals polled by personnel journal said that violence is a work place issue
  9. 94%of corporate security directors surveyed rank domestic violence as a high security problem
  10. Batterers also may be less productive or miss work because of violence, incarceration or legal proceedings from the violence
  11. Domestic violence often becomes a workplace violence, it isn’t a “ private matter” that stays in the home when its victims go to work
  12. Employers know that personal “ real life” problems affect job performance and that job performance affects the bottom line
  13. Domestic abuse that occurs at home, work, or elsewhere and the associated physical and mental health consequences experience by victims and survivors can negatively impact the work place
  14. Domestic violence offenders used work place resources to contact or harass victim
  15. Loss of productivity/work time
  16. Increase staff turnover and absenteeism
  17. An actual or perceived fear of dying
  18. Hostile or intimidating work environment are some common impacts on the victims work place
  19. Increased accidents
  20. Abuse can also affect a victims career advancement and overall ability to maintain employment which has implications  for stressing state and federal social support services
  21. It is responsible for more of the disease burden in women than many well known risk factor
  22. Decrease staff performance and productivity
  23. Violence can undermine the working lives of both victims and survivors
  24. Negative impact on the organization reputation and image
  25. Poor self-esteem and low morale
  26. Temporary/permanent absence of skilled employee
  27. Domestic violence victims experience impaired work performance and require more time off than employees who are not abused
  28. High medical cost and diminish productivity levels, it is estimated that domestic violence cost employers HUGE sums of Naira every year
  29. In addition employers lose another huge amount in lost wages paid sick leave and absenteeism linked to domestic violence
  30. Psychological damage resulting in mental health issues and possible suicide.

Safeguarding the workplace

As we have shown, Workplace Violence can arise from a variety of sources, including domestic violence. As an employer, you have a legal obligation to address violence in the workplace that puts your employees at risk.

Victims are more likely to disclose domestic violence situations at work when they feel safe and supported.  A supervisor, so-worker who is willing to listen can make a tremendous difference to enhancing the safety of a victim of domestic violence.

Without support, normally victims of domestic violence can feel isolated and alone.  In the workplace, this can lead to a lack of concentration, increased anxiety, and poor decision-making skills.  Employers can help to create a supportive work environment by promoting awareness of domestic violence, modelling respectful behaviour in the workplace and making the workplace in a safe and healthy space for everyone.

 

How we can assist

  • Trainings on:  Emotions and the Workplace – Emotional Intelligence and Work/Life Balance; – Train HR Executives on coping with Victims and Survivors within the workplace:  techniques and skills
  • Assist in developing  a workplace domestic violence education program
  • Assist in creating a Handbook to raise awareness in the workplace
  • Developing awareness materials
  • Coaching: One-on-One, Group Coaching;
  • Counselling and Therapy (work and personal relationships; emotions trauma)

Call: 80-3395-1460 or email: lailajeansmd@ymail.com/lailastmd@lailastmd.com

 

 

information got from both local and international data – UN, Lasgat

 

 

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