Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Cost of Divorce to Your Workplace

Posted by Michele Olson

What if there was a formula, in a convenient worksheet, that would help managers and employers calculate the cost to every company’s bottom line when someone in the company is going through a divorce? The purpose is not to cause hardship to the particular employee, but rather for employers as a whole to realize the importance of investing in relational wellness as a company. The goal is to offer something before a relationship gets to the divorce stage for those in low-conflict, yet unsatisfying marriages who feel that divorce is their only or best option.

By the way, there is such a formula and worksheet and we’d be happy to email it to you free of charge. If you are in a company who has not thought about the idea that education to promote employee’s marriage relationships is a beneficial thing rather than a drain on company resources …we’d like you to think again.

While some may argue that management should stay out of the private lives of employees, every taxpayer and employer has to face the fact that the 1.2 million annual U.S. divorces in our country cost the taxpayers an estimated $30 billion in federal and state expenditures. (Schramm,2006). Each divorce costs society about $25,000 to $30,000 because of the increase in costs of supporting people with housing, food stamps, bankruptcies, problems with youth, and other related expenses. *

Wondering what the cost is in your state? The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: First Ever Estimates for the Nation and all 50 States report is available. Get hard, color copies of this important report from thinkmarriage.org for $5 a piece or you can download it at http://www.americanvalues.org/.

So that’s a big picture look at verifying why every divorce affects everyone and costs every tax payer and business. Then there’s the productivity factor. Current research and thinking has come up with a very easy to understand conclusion that if you look around you probably will agree with:

Happily married employees increase profitability.
Unhappily married employees decrease profitability.

It’s that simple and that black and white.

Because the goal is not to “get down” on people who have to experience the heart ache of divorce, but rather pro-actively prevent divorce in low-conflict, unsatisfying marriages that could be turned around with marriage education, it is in the best interest of all employers, managers and employees to want their workplace to partner with relational wellness programs specifically aimed at healthy relationships and marriages.

At thinkmarriage.org, that’s our specialty. We’re a non-profit organization who is not here to point fingers, but rather to point out the truth and some solutions to the problem. Let us know if you’d like to talk further and also if you’d like the free worksheets on the cost of divorce to your workplace.

Be a workplace Marriage Champion. We're here to help!

*Marriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business? published by The Marriage
CoMission, Life Innovations, Inc. 2006


Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but Buddy Holly wrote "It's so Easy," not Linda Ronstadt. She's a singer, not a songwriter.

thinkmarriage.org said...

Good catch!
Actually...when doing a quick search...with the lyrics...they don't mention him! Thanks for pointing that out and for reading the blog!