Safe Exit

Below are a few strategies you can use as an employer to prevent economic harm.

Confirm pay details when staff are signing a new contract or a new person is employed. You could create a tick box on the employment form.

Prevention Strategies

Prevention Strategies

Supporting financial wellbeing at work improves employee retention, productivity and work culture.

Your employees’ financial wellbeing and maintaining a successful organisation are intertwined.

Research on the Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission website that an average of 20 hours per employee, per month, is lost because of money worries and that women are more affected by financial stresses. 

Women were more likely to hide or conceal their situation from family or friends (61%), feel ill or unwell (59%) or lose sleep (57%).

Below are a few strategies you can use as an employer to be aware of economic harm:
Check pay details

Confirm pay details when staff are signing a new contract or a new person is employed. You could create a tick box on the employment form. Some examples are:

  • Is this your bank account?
  • Do you have access to the money in this account?
  • Do you need another option? 
    E.g. wages split, a portion paid into another account or paid in cash? 

  • Check email

    Ask if they want to create a different one to use for payslips or other confidential information.

    Provide information

    Make sure you provide economic harm information during interview or as part of role induction. 

    For example: "As an organisation, we have a family violence and economic harm policy. We have strategies in place to support anyone experiencing it."

    Open workplace culture

    Create an open workplace culture that encourages communication and support to make it easier for employees to raise concerns.

    Wellbeing programme

    Implement a workplace wellbeing programme where workplace support is offered to address financial harm. 

    For example:

  • Increasing awareness about available wellbeing options - including domestic violence leave, or cashing-up a week's annual leave. 
  • Contact us about providing a workplace financial wellbeing programme.
  • Staff intranet

    Put family violence and economic harm information on the staff intranet.

    You could include:

  • What economic harm is
  • Safety plans whilst at work
  • Services that are available to assist
  • Banking information
  • Availability of financial support options such as Good Loans
  • Decorate the office

    Put notices, posters and pamphlets around the office to make economic harm more visible, raise awareness and provide support.

    When hanging notices up, it's worth noting economic harm isn’t always associated with family violence - it’s often thought to be elder abuse.

    It's also worth noting that the words abuse or violence can sometimes be a barrier; they are commonly associated with extreme physical violence - think about using the word harm instead.

    Flexible working

    Ensure that your employees are aware you have flexible working hours and conditions to access support if they need time off - as per legislation.

    Staff training

    Host a staff training that provides staff with basic knowledge around economic harm. 

    We provide tailored economic harm training to support your staff and clients.  Contact us to find out more.

    You could also speak to your employee assistance service, such as EAP services or Benestar to see what resources they may have available.

    Develop a policy

    Develop a workplace policy or regularly review your workplace policies, safety plans and procedures. Shine offers a DVFree accreditation programme that provides workplace policies, guidelines and a best practice response to family violence.

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