Coping with Workplace Grief

Length: 1 day

Description: The losses we experience are seldom ones we have control over. Changes in the workplace, such as mergers, downsizing, and reorganization, or the death or serious illness of a loved one or a co-worker, affect our morale and productivity. If you are coping with major changes in your life, you may be feeling pain, anger, or fear–and that’s perfectly normal. COPING WITH WORKPLACE GRIEF shows you that you are not alone, and that grieving is not a sign of weakness or a bad attitude. Not only are you allowed to grieve, you can, and should, ask for help. This book can be your first step in the healing process. You will learn about the sources of change in the workplace, and explore the different ways people react to change. If you are helping a grieving person cope, this book offers techniques to help you give this person support. Everyone grieves differently, and there is no timetable for mourning. But you can find the courage to get through. This book will show you how.

Table Of Contents:
Part 1: Sources of Loss and Grief in the Workplace
Ongoing Workplace Change
Mergers, Layoffs, and Reorganization
The Effects of Workplace Change
Co-Worker Deaths, Accidents, and Disasters
The Stages of Workplace Transformation

Part 2: The Complexities of Grief
Attachment, Bonding, and Loss
Defining Grief and Its Causes
Why All Loss Is Like a Death
Different Tears for Different Peers
Bowlby’s Basic Phases of Loss and Mourning
K├╝bler-Ross Descriptions of Reactions to Loss

Part 3: The Effects of Grief on Employees
What Grieving Employees Are Feeling
Expressions of Grief in the Workplace
Changes in Employee Attitudes and Behaviors
Grief Reactions to Change-Loss
Why Productivity Plummets Amid Grief
The Pitfalls of Not Attending to Grief
The Three Sources of Unresolved Grief
The Costs of Storing, Rather Than Addressing, Grief
New Meanings for the New Workplace

Part 4: Helping Employees Cope
Workplace Change and Loss: The Burdens and Benefits
The Four Tasks of Workplace Mourning
Helping People Heal by Listening
Do’s and Don’ts for Supporting Grieving Employees
Quick Tips for Helping
Ten Guidelines for Organizations Undergoing Change
Grief Support During Organizational Transition
A Final Statement