Does your boss know that relationship issues at home are damaging productivity at work?
In a word, no.
Companies do not know that relationship issues are damaging workplace productivity.
That’s because they don’t know everything that is going on in your head.
It might feel like your boss can see right into your soul, but they really can’t.
Research by YouGov reveals that problems in romantic relationships at home are having a major impact on how the UK’s high-earners perform at work and hence, causing damage on productivity.
The research shows that more than 40% of people earning at least £100,000 have encountered domestic problems that were severe enough to significantly damage their productivity in the office.
But, worryingly, employers were unaware, more often than not, that their staff were having problems that are damaging productivity.
The YouGov report found that most businesses were unaware of romantic relationship issues staff were having at home, with two-thirds of high-earners asked saying they had not informed their company of any difficulties.
We put this down to a combination of a desire for personal privacy, a feeling that it is not a “proper problem” and the fact that most companies did not have the expertise to help.
It’s clearly time for everyone to wake up to this and for companies to broaden the support they offer.
We understand that some people will be reluctant to talk about their personal life with their employer.
A lot of people are going to feel that it’s just not any of their company’s business.
But that’s not a reason for firms to shy away from this.
Most employees are wary of talking about their mental health, but we think society has come to accept that employers have a role to play in maintaining it and helping to minimise the damage on productivity at work.
Help with romantic relationships is, we believe, a logical and straightforward next step.
How do we help when it come to easing the damage on productivity?
Well, we don’t have one tip for improving productivity at work – we have four!
The 4 Habits for better performance at work and to stop the damage on productivity are…
- Be CURIOUS, not critical – which helps people get over the hurdle of frustration that comes from unmet expectations.
- Be CAREFUL, not crushing – which helps people get over the hurdle of poor conflict resolution approaches and the damage they can cause in relationships.
- ASK, don’t assume – which helps people get over the hurdle of frustration that comes from mistrust and disrespect that can creep into relationships over time.
- CONNECT before you correct – which is all about getting better at communicating real value and appreciation, and holding back on that need to give “constructive feedback” that so many of us are all too good at!