In your life you’re bound to experience grief. People or pets will pass away, and despite how you feel, you will eventually have to go back to work. Dealing with grief in the workplace is difficult for employees and business leaders alike. Here are some tips to make it easier for yourself and your employees to deal with grief in the workplace:
Look for Help
If you are grieving, you don’t have to go through work alone. Reach out to HR or any superiors and ask for temporary accommodations. This will make it easier for you to readjust to your schedule. If you have an employee who is grieving, be willing to adjust for them. Look at the programs you have in place to help grieving employees and see if there are any changes that need to be made.
Have a Private Area
When dealing with grief, you may have times when you’re overcome with emotions. Having a private place to go, even at work, can help you to deal privately with your emotions. Even though showing emotions at work isn’t a bad thing, having a private place may help you to better deal with them.
Employees who are dealing with grief should also have this benefit. Allow employees you know are dealing with grief to have private places they can go to help them cope.
Recognize and Show Support
There are many ways for companies to show their support to grieving individuals. Companies can send flowers or gifts, offer their condolences in person, write kind cards, or attend the funeral to show support to the individual. If you are grieving, some of these actions might make you feel uncomfortable. Others dealing with grief might feel the same. Be sure to communicate your own needs and listen to the needs of others. Try to show company support to grievers in whichever way works best for them.
If your company shows you support in a way that you don’t appreciate, take time to recognize the fact that they tried to show you support. Recognizing that there are people supporting you through your grief can help you to know that others care about you.
Use or share this advice the next time you encounter grief in your workplace.