A divorce is a life event that is both common and challenging, and its impact on an employee’s professional life can be profound. The most recent CDC data shows that over 34% of marriages end in divorce. According to a 2022 Good Housekeeping and SupportPay study, about 70% of the workforce is touched by divorce at any given time. The psychological stress, time-consuming legal proceedings, and financial worries associated with divorce can significantly affect an employee’s concentration, motivation, and overall work performance.
It’s no wonder that research suggests an employee’s productivity can decline up to 40 percent in the six months prior to and for up to five years after a divorce. Beyond lost productivity, divorce can take a toll on an employee’s health and financial stability. Sixty-seven percent of divorced people experience health declines and strains on finances, data from the Good Housekeeping study suggests. Even more struggle with work absenteeism and lost productivity for over a year.
This disruption can be so overwhelming that it can lead to some employees to making the drastic decision to leave their job, with studies showing that about 10% of employees quit their job due to divorce. For divorced parents, the challenges are even greater. The day-to-day operations of being a divorced working parent can wear down the most diligent employee and lead to burnout. Managing childcare arrangements, attending court appointments, and dealing with the emotional fallout from divorce all add to the strain.
In the face of these challenges, divorce coaching emerges as an innovative solution offering emotional and practical support. Divorce coaches work with employees to help manage the demands of court appearances, navigate complicated custody arrangements, and assist with financial planning. By alleviating the burden of these tasks, employees can maintain their focus on work and continue contributing to the organization.