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The emotional impact of marital or relationship breakdown can be all-encompassing. 95% of employees who’ve experienced separation said it negatively impacted their mental well-being at work. What can you do to support employees through this major life event?

Manager support – whether reviews, monthly catch-ups or something else, regular one-to-one meetings should help managers identify those in need of support, giving them an opportunity to discuss their needs and any concerns.

Flexibility – ensuring employees have access to flexible working arrangements to help manage any changes in their family setup (such as childcare, school pick-ups, and house moves) can make all the difference.

Counselling resources – whether you offer them through an EAP helpline or signpost to other external resources, it’s a valuable opportunity for employees to talk through their personal journey and secure additional emotional support.

Policy only 9% of employees said their employer had a specific policy to support them through a separation. Creating a policy to encapsulate the support you’re able to offer shows empathy, provides reassurance and support engagement.

We’re adding a new ‘separation policy’ to our Intelligent Employment platform. If you’re not already subscribed to Intelligent Employment, find out how it can benefit you.
This update is accurate on the date it was sent (28 February 2023), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.