When Tragedy Strikes at Work
There are best practices for coping with tragedy in the workplace, and communication is crucial for all of them.
- Share all appropriate information. It facilitates healing discussions among workers.
- Don’t judge others’ reactions. There is no "correct" way of reacting to tragedy. Each person is unique, and the reasons why are complex.
- Use counseling resources and self-help groups. They can speed your way to a healthful return to your pre-tragedy emotional state.
- Even if you feel no support is needed, consider a "check-in" that can help keep you from overlooking a reaction that later interferes with social or job functioning.
- Because tragic events can adversely affect focus and performance, give it time, and be patient with people.
Keith Stein |