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Is your employee off work because of domestic violence? Here's how an Employee Assistance Programme can help

by , 31 December 2014
Research shows that South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world.

So it's possible that one day you could get a call from an employee who says she can't come to work because of a domestic violence incident.

The question then becomes: What can you do to help your employee so productivity doesn't suffer as well?

You can use an Employee Assistance Programme.

Read on to find out how it can help.

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Before we get to an Employee Assistance Programme, let's look at how domestic violence can affect your company

Most employers don't see domestic violence as a workplace issue.
But the truth is domestic violence is very much a workplace issue. Every time an employee takes time off because of it, productivity suffers.
HR Pulse reports that stats by a project called Employers against Domestic Violence show 74% of working women say they experience harassment from an abusive partner while at work.
This causes 56% of them to be late for work at least 5 times per month. 28% leave work early at least five days per month and 54% miss at least three full days of work a month.
This problem affects your employee's performance. And ultimately, your company is the one that suffers.
But an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can help…
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Here's how an Employee Assistance Programme can help you deal with employees who miss work because of domestic violence

An EAP is a programme that helps your employees to solve their personal problems.
It acts as a channel between your employees who need help and the experts who'll give them the help they need.
Most EAPs help all employees with:
  1. Marital/relationship problems, like domestic violence;
  2. Job stress
  3. Childcare issues
  4. Grief
  5. Financial problems
  6. Legal problems
  7. Eldercare issues, etc.
So instead of not coming to work, an employee who's dealing with a domestic violence incident can ask for help through the EAP. After this, the experts who are involved in the EAP can help her.
If you design your EAP really well, it can:
  1. Help employees at an early stage before the problem has a serious impact on their job;
  2. Motivate them to get help when they face a problem;
  3. Direct your employees to the best source of professional help; and
  4. Reduce absenteeism and increase employee productivity.
The bottom line: Personal problems like domestic violence follow employees to work. And this can have a serious impact on the quality of their work and how effective they are.
To beat this, you need to focus on your employees' personal issues just as much as you would on their work output. So make sure you put an Employee Assistance Programme in place.

PS: To find out how to put together an Employee Assistance Programme for your company, check out the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.

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