Impact of Marriage Health on Organizations

Why should a leader or organization care about marriage health? It’s been said that the health of a marriage is determined by the health of each individual. Similarly, the health of an organization is determined by the health of its leaders (and employees). A healthy leader performs at a higher level. When a marriage is healthy, the leader is able to focus on his or her job. When a marriage is struggling, the leader may be distracted and not as focused or as effective. The health of the marriage impacts and is impacted by physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health, so making sure the marriage is healthy improves overall health. All of these influence performance of the leader and can be addressed through coaching. Every marriage has challenges from time to time, so working with a coach can help to maintain the health of the marriage and leader through the ups and downs. Struggling marriages become strong. Good marriages become great. Leaders stay focused on their assignment. Organizations benefit.

Unhealthy marriages impair employee and company performance

  • Increased stress and reduced physical health
  • Increased healthcare costs (utilization of insurance) due to stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduced productivity
  • Higher rate of absenteeism due to illness
  • Increased “presenteeism” (physically present, but emotionally and mentally absent)
  • Increased alcohol consumption resulting in missed work
  • Divorce disrupts productivity for as long as 3 years, costing an average of $8,000 for an employee making $20 per hour; including an average of 168 hours in lost work time the year following divorce (8% of annual time on the job)

Healthy marriages benefit employees and employers

  • Increased productivity leading to better organizational performance
  • Increased loyalty and stable employees
  • Improved employee health; decreased utilization of healthcare
  • Stronger relationship skills transferred from the marriage to the workplace

Source: Marriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business? A Marriage CoMission Research Report. 2006

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