Corporate Partnership - CBI
The CBI has teamed up with Women’s Aid to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence in the corporate world.
Time off work due to injuries resulting from domestic violence costs the UK economy £2.7 billion according to a recent government report. It is estimated that around half of the cost of such sickness absences is borne by the employer and half by the individual in lost wages.
We know that domestic violence directly affects employers through decreased productivity through employee absenteeism, increased stress, reduced focus and disruption at work.
Sir Digby Jones, former Director-General of the CBI said:
“The CBI is teaming up with Women’s Aid to send a clear message that employers must act now to support staff affected by domestic violence. Developing a response to domestic violence in the workplace makes good business sense, by protecting the health of employees, reducing abuse-related costs and therefore increasing their confidence in the employer. A sensitively introduced domestic violence workplace policy can also increase overall productivity, considering that currently 54% of those experiencing domestic violence miss at least 3 full days of work each month.”