I’ve said it before and I’ll keep right on saying it until it becomes a reality: Grief-in-the-workplace policies need to exist.
It’s great to see more companies and organizations starting to address this. I was very pleased to sit down with Alyssa Place of Employee Benefits News and discuss this important topic:
The workplace of the future acknowledges how hard it is to be human in the workplace and what structures can we put in place to support that reality. Click To Tweet
“Devine says it’s important employers embrace their own discomfort and acknowledge it. This opens up an opportunity for the employee to take the lead in asking for what they need from their manager and colleagues.
“It is perfectly okay for somebody to say, ‘I have no idea what to say to you and I’m really sorry this happened to you,” Devine says. “There’s so much in somebody actually just acknowledging the loss. The workplace of the future acknowledges how hard it is to be human in the workplace and what structures can we put in place to support that reality.”
This initial step can be a life line for employees dealing with the mental, emotional and physical effects of grief, which have an impact on their work and a company’s bottom line, Devine says.”
How about you? What’s your experience with grief in the workplace?
Now, as always, the very best place I know to connect YOU with other grieving folks is inside the Writing Your Grief community. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is always someone there: when you feel invisible inside your grief, these folks see you. When your friends have their own sh*t to deal with and you can’t lean on them, your WYG family is there. I mean it folks, this community is unlike any other place – online or IRL. The May session is open now and we’ve got room for you. Follow this link to join us, and pass it on.