EAP: Help when you need it.

Last month I had the opportunity to present at the Employee Assistance Program Association (EAPA) International Symposium in San Diego. My presentation titled Grief in the Workplace: What really happens in the 21st Century brought to light the challenges of the real world today when an employee has experienced a significant loss, family setback due to illness, accident or personal struggle, or when a workgroup experiences a loss of a co-worker. Often times, the reality Read More …

Embracing the Holidays

Yikes! The holiday season is upon us – how did that happen and where did the year go? Just when you began to enjoy the cooler nights and beauty of the leaves changing colors, the reality of the pending season kicks in. Your hair gets grayer with the anticipation of the stress associated with the season, your calendar begins to burst with obligations and you are literally walking in circles in the kitchen trying to Read More …

Please don’t try to fix me

Several months after the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, the subtle hints from my friends, family and co-workers appeared – suggesting the time had come for me to get out more socially, begin sorting through his personal belongings and find the smile I once had.  The more they pressed the more I distanced myself from them and the message they were sending to me – “the time has come for me to move on.” Read More …

Our CEO died, now what?

One of the most dreaded impacts on a company is to experience the death of its leader.  The loss creates a complex situation, has tremendous bearing on the employees, clients and stakeholders and will ultimately alter the rhythm of the company. While leaders come and go in companies due to performance or illness – untimely deaths send shock waves throughout the ranks.  Unlike a prolonged illness where succession planning can take place, a CEO’s sudden Read More …

The fulfillment of a promise

As a mom, I could never imagine the pain and lifelong suffering of losing a child, regardless of the child’s age. The death is out of normal sequence and an experience many of you are sadly familiar with. Others find it impossible to imagine, as the fear of those thoughts are paralyzing. Twenty-three years ago my husband passed away suddenly. In the fog of the first week of him passing, I had my first heart-to-heart Read More …