Companies across America want their employees to be happy. And to do that, they have to make their employees’ spouses happy, too, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Some of these companies host events for their workers and their spouses that allow eachother to speak out and vent their frustrations, which help leadership teams make better decisions about their employee policies, the Journal reported.
Vivint, a solar energy company, spends more than $100,000 on events to help bring spouses closer to their partners' workplace. A group of employees' wives even created a website called Elevate to help spouses better understand the organization.
“They really feel like we’re at least trying to listen,” said Todd Pedersen, the chief executive of Vivint, about their efforts to focus on their employees' relationships.
But Vivint isn’t the only company doing this. Riot Games Inc. actually has its employees play video games with their spouses so that both are involved with the product.
And DaVita HealthCare hosts training sessions where they teach their employees' spouses and children about the company's culture, including the company's slogan "one for all and all for one" that is commonly chanted at the office.
Engaging an employee's entire family has been shown to make workers more productive, too. A study published in Psychological Science found that the happiness of your relationships can impact how happy you are at work.
Your marriage, the study found, can impact how satisfied you are at the job, what your income will be and whether or not you’ll get promoted. More successful employees have spouses that "perform more household tasks, exhibit more pragmatic behaviors that their spouses are likely to emulate, and promote a more satisfying home life," according to the study.