Helping Employees Who Are Struggling with Financial Difficulties
Q: I have a small business and employ 12 people full time. One of my long-time employees briefly mentioned that he’s facing some financial difficulties. Other employees have been commenting on how moody he has become. I’m concerned for him as well as worried about how he is interacting with our customers. I did some reading online and found out that personal financial problems can have a big effect on a person’s mental outlook as well as their job performance. Any ideas about how I can help him? A: When we see a friend, employee, co-worker or family member struggling to cope with everyday life it’s hard not to become concerned. Thinking that there might be more involved than we know about, makes it that much more disconcerting. Without pushing your employee to share more than he’s comfortable sharing, here are some things you can do to help address two, possibly related, aspects of what he may be facing; the financial difficulties and emotional or psychological concerns.