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Helping Employees Cope with the Death of a Co-Worker

June 23, 2022


Helping employees cope with the death of a colleague or co-worker is not typically covered in leadership training or employee handbooks. However, the pandemic and other public health crises have prompted many organizations to create policies that address the needs of grieving employees while still achieving business outcomes.

“Not dealing with grief costs companies billions of dollars in lost revenues,” said Blythe Landry, a Nashville, Tenn., area grief coach and author of Trauma Intelligence: The Art of Helping in a World Filled with Pain (PYP Academy, 2021). “When employees have trouble focusing on their work, they can end up having accidents or making costly mistakes.”

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