The loss of a family member or friend can happen to anyone. Sometimes you’re prepared for it; other times, it’s sudden and jarring. Regardless of circumstances, everyone needs time and space to grieve after the death of a loved one.
It’s easy to grant an employee a few days of bereavement leave to attend services and take care of estate planning. But what happens when your grieving worker returns? Their pain and sorrow won’t magically disappear just because they’re back in the office. You’ll want to extend a little extra kindness and consideration to that person as they move through the stages of grief.
Members of Forbes Coaches Council each offered one way to show support for employees when they return from bereavement leave.
Allow Them To Make Mistakes
Initiate Communication And An Open Door
Ask Them What They Need
Create Systematic Support Program
Suggest Grief Counseling
Cultivate A Family Culture
Foster Psychological Safety
Create An Opportunity For Impact
Be Respectful, But Stay The Course
Offer Compassion And A Positive Presence
Don’t Ignore Or Avoid Them