According to a study by ComPsych Corporation, personal relationships at home are the top distractions for employees while at work. Business owners reading the study may not be aware that many of these issues have support within their employee benefits plans.
The responses for top distractions were:
22% – Relationships at home
16% – Relationships in the work place
15% – Financial / Legal problems
11% – Child or caregiving issues
6% – Personal health concerns
4% – Communication (cell phones, instant messaging, social media)
7% – Other
A Healthy Work/Life Balance
How can an employer help get an employee’s focus back to the workplace, increase productivity, and create a more stable working environment?
There are resources within employee benefits plans such as implementing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provide allow employers to provide a 24/7 confidential resource for their workforce. EAP provides information, tools, and counseling services that help your employees get through the situations that create stress in their lives from a qualified professional with the comfort of confidentiality.
Over the years it has been proven employees use these services when available in their employee benefits plans. When employees have a professional to consult with during a crisis it takes the stress of life out of the workplace. This in turn improves productivity & creates a more stable, reliable employee.
A healthy employee is more present and focused at the task at hand. There are thousands of distractions that take an employee’s focus away from their work but the important ones to manage aren’t blocking Solitare or Facebook, it’s ensuring the health of your workers. Benefits that cover spouses and children also offer employees the peace of mind a working parent needs when bills not covered by Canadian health care come up.