Working through Grief
By Suz McIver, Midland Care
Respectively, just like a family, when we suffer the death of someone special in our lives, the workplace may be impacted. Productivity can be compromised and the dynamics of the workplace may change. The days and weeks following a death can be especially difficult. There five things listed on the right are what that you need to know about working through grief for yourself or for a co-worker.
Grief, no matter in the workplace or home, is unsettling. However, by building rapport and support as a work family, one may discover stability in his or her moment of grief.
Organizations such as Midland Care can help employees deal with workplace grief. They can provide grief support groups in the work place setting, or presentations to staff about how grief affects their lives. They work closely with human resources and executive staff to help them navigate the impact of grief in the workplace.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Be Kind to Yourself Grief can upset our emotional equilibrium, causing stress. Consequently, it's especially important to take care of yourself during this time. Pamper yourself a little, eat well, and exercise. Find someone who will listen to you and talk about what is happening in your life. If you are having abnormal physical symptoms, see your doctor.
Give Yourself Time to Grieve Know that there is no magic finish line in your grief. When we love deeply, we grieve deeply— this is normal and understandable. Take the time you need to adjust to the changes in your life.
Be Understanding Everyone grieves differently; therefore, grief presents itself in many ways. People may have difficulty sleeping or concentrating. They may feel tired, emotional, and depressed. Grievers may have short tempers and very little patience. If you have a person in your workplace that is grieving, be a little more understanding and show your support as much as possible.
Keep Your Boss Informed If you or a co-worker is grieving, it is important that your boss knows what is going on. Being proactive can help control the rumor mill, and it demonstrates that you care enough to share information with your boss. Employers may be aware of available resources and can offer ways to help as needed.
Determine What You Want Others to Know For some people, sharing private information (like grief and sorrow) helps them cope. Yet for others, seeking different avenues for solace and comfort is more effective. If you are grieving, it's up to you to determine with whom you will share information. You may need to find sources outside of the work place to help you.