It might feel uncomfortable—maybe a none-of-our-business invasion of privacy—to try to help an employee who might be a victim of domestic violence. But you could be saving lives if you encourage supervisors and co-workers to do so.
A proactive decision to provide support to domestic-violence victims not only protects them—it also protects companies’ bottom lines.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.7 million incidents ofoccur every year, and many of them involve spouses, partners or romantically involved couples who are also co-workers.
Yet less than 30% of U.S. businesses have programs to address the issue, and just 4% teach employees about the impact domestic violence has on the workplace, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.
Although physical attacks between partners are rare at work, domestic violence spills into businesses in other ways:
- Health care costs associated with do...(register to read more)