Academics to examine the effect of divorce on job performance

Divorce|February 10th 2016

US academics have launched a detailed study into the effect of divorce on job performance.

A team from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota has designed a three-part study to examine the link, something which they say has received little attention in the past.

Professor Connie Wanberg explained:

“There’s a lot out there about how divorce impacts finances and one’s children. What’s surprising is that we really don’t know how divorce affects people’s work. It’s only anecdotal at this point.”

Participants in the research will complete an initial survey, then answer follow-up questions two weeks later and then again a year later, each examining the day-to-day realities of life at work while going through a divorce: are people tempted to call in sick? Does the emotional stress affect their ability to concentrate at the office? Do people tell their co-workers or boss what is happening?

Professor Wanberg expects the results to show a clear connection between performance at work and the end of relationships.

“Divorce is among the top five most stressful life events. We are expecting that this life transition will trickle down into work.”

She believes there is a disconnection between the way friends and family respond to other stressful events in person’s life and their perception of divorce. She told the Star Tribune:

“…people don’t seem to realize that you also need support when you end a marriage.”

The team is currently recruiting participants for the research.

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