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Keeping employee’s performance up during a divorce

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Q. “One of our employees is going through a divorce. She’s making more mistakes at work and is overly sensitive to constructive criticism. I think she needs a vacation—can we require it? Any suggestions on how to help her without sacrificing job performance?” —  Jocelyn, Mass.    

Answers from readers of The HR Specialist Forum:

Vacation: No. EAP: Yes. “As logical as a vacation sounds, it may give her lots of free time to ruminate about her difficulties. That might actually increase her stress. Since her performance is slipping, I would make a referral to the employee assistance program. To ensure that she attends her sessions, I’d make it what we call a Job Jeopardy Evaluation. That way she gets the help she needs, which hopefully will mitigate the impact that the divorce has on her performance.” — Tony 

Extend flextime. “I’d recommend she be allowed to work from home or use some flextime so she can rest when ne...(register to read more)

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