Watching for Signs

Statistics based on a survey of Canadian workers who had experienced domestic violence¹:

38% reported that domestic violence affected their ability to either get to work or show up on time

and over 50% reported that at least one abusive act happened at or near their place of employment

The impact and costs of domestic violence on the workplace are far-reaching.

Signs at Work
(of someone who may be experiencing domestic violence)
Impacts and Costs
(to the Business)
Poor concentration, errors, slowness, irregular quality of work Puts other employees or the company at risk and/or
affects the reputation of the company
Unusually high number of phone calls or text messages at work Impacts employee morale – for either the employee subjected
to domestic violence and/or for their co-workers (e.g.
frustration, fear for their safety, confusion)
Withdrawn, solitary, or frightened Decreases employee productivity and efficiency
Reluctant towards professional development Increases absenteeism and staff turnover. The employee lacks development which could affect her performance
Requests for special accommodations, such as early departures, changes to schedule, etc. Requires additional time for managers to manage human resource difficulties
Physically present, but performance is absent (presenteeism) Requires workloads to be redistributed in the team
¹ Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t’? Initial Findings of a Pan-Canadian Survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. Canadian Labour Congress & Western University’s Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children.