Employers typically take violence in the workplace seriously. But for a long time, another threat just as devastating has been lurking in the workplace shadows: domestic violence.
There’s a widespread understanding of the grave impact domestic violence has on personal lives and the havoc it wreaks on families and communities. Now more attention is being paid to its effect at work.
Sometimes, incidents of domestic violence actually happen in the workplace. But the impact goes far beyond immediate safety concerns.
“While it is certainly a... issue, [domestic violence] as a workplace issue should concern employers from a productivity, , presenteeism, turnover and health care perspective,” says Kim Wells, executive director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. “It is in an employer’s enlightened self-interest to address this issue to guard its greatest workplace asset—its employees.”(register to read more)