How To Handle An Employee’s Death
In managing employees, you don’t normally think about how you would handle the death of an employee. It’s just not something you anticipate will happen. Yet it’s important to tuck into your brain information on how to deal with the situtation should it ever happen to you. I had to deal with a young person, well liked, and an untimely death. The immediate response from the employees was highly charged and emotional, as everyone was in shock. This is the time to know how to help your employees deal with another person’s death.
The following article, short and concise, gives basic information on how to handle a death of an employee: “Death in the Workplace” by Dawn Rosenberg McKay on About.com. The advice handles a sensitive subject covering the mourning process in a respectful manner.
You are managing employees and at any given time can be faced with a situation that calls for maturity in handling it. Mourning in the workplace is similiar to mourning in a family. Employees spend more time in the workplace then the spend at home. Relationships are developed, people depend on others to do their portion of the work and any change in the workplace creates a response. Death is responded to on many different levels.
Take care of yourself during this time
because the demands on you as a manager will be higher
…and you have your own grieving to do.
Take the time to read the article and share below if you had to handle a death in the workplace.