Embracing challenging people in the workplace

What is it about the workplace that creates behavioral expectation different than those in our personal life?  Can we truly ignore our emotional reaction to the perceived way a co-worker or manager treats us?   Would we want to remove an emotional response or incorporate it for improving communication and teamwork?  What is the balance between being challenging versus being disruptive? Last month I had the opportunity to present a lunch and learn program to a Read More …

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 …

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 …

Should divorcees be granted bereavement leave?

As I stood at the podium presenting a training on Grief in the Workplace recently, I was asked a question that made me ponder enough to write a blog on the subject. Should divorcees be granted bereavement leave in order to get their affairs in order? My first reaction was how could I answer this question in a way that I support both grievers mourning the loss of a relative and those who are grieving Read More …

The Evolution of Grief in the Workplace

Death is a fact of life, and grief is a necessary part of healing. The grief process does not end at the burial, the funeral service or the closure of the traditional, three-day bereavement leave as defined in the bereavement policies of most companies. This handbook is designed as a guide for Human Resources personnel, EAPs, managers and co-workers who are supporting a fellow employee when s/he is grieving a significant loss or if the Read More …