Grief in the Workplace
Most people spend more waking hours at work than at home. For many people,
their work environment and co-workers may feel like family or community.
The death of a co-worker or loved one can profoundly affect the workplace
in a variety of ways.
When there is loss, the impact on productivity and morale can be significant.
The typical bereavement benefit at most businesses is three days, but
grief can last quite a while.
Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one knows that grief is
unavoidable—and unpredictable. Grief is a process that takes time.
There is no timetable for when the process of grieving begins or ends.
How Hospice of Frederick County (HFC) helps:
HFC helps local businesses and organizations by providing grief support
and education to managers and staff—at no charge.
Our workplace educational sessions may include:
- Finding healthy ways grieve and cope with loss
- Ways to express concern and support when a co-worker is seriously ill,
suffered the loss of a family member
- How to share the journey of grief with co-workers
- Learn ways to commemorate the loss of a co-worker
- Management decisions—when an employee suddenly dies how do you go
about removing their personal belongings; advertising the job vacancy
In a work environment where employees feel supported and valued, grief
can produce a positive impact on the work team and its ability to both
work and grieve.
Employers and employees are encouraged to
contact Hospice of Frederick County. To arrange a workplace session offered at no charge, contact our Bereavement
Team at 240-566-3030.