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Coping with Workplace Grief

The losses we experience are seldom ones we have control over. Changes in the workplace, such as mergers, downsizing, and reorganization, or the death or serious illness of a loved one or a co-worker, affect our morale a... Show More
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Part 1: Sources of Loss and Grief in the Workplace

  • Ongoing Workplace Change
  • Mergers, Layoffs, and Reorganization
  • The Effects of Workplace Change
  • Co-Worker Deaths, Accidents, and Disasters
  • The Stages of Workplace Transformation

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Part 2: The Complexities of Grief

  • Attachment, Bonding, and Loss
  • Defining Grief and Its Causes
  • Why All Loss Is Like a Death
  • Different Tears for Different Peers
  • Bowlby’s Basic Phases of Loss and Mourning
  • Kübler-Ross Descriptions of Reactions to Loss

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Part 3: The Effects of Grief on Employees

  • What Grieving Employees Are Feeling
  • Expressions of Grief in the Workplace
  • Changes in Employee Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Grief Reactions to Change-Loss
  • Why Productivity Plummets Amid Grief
  • The Pitfalls of Not Attending to Grief
  • The Three Sources of Unresolved Grief
  • The Costs of Storing, Rather Than Addressing, Grief
  • New Meanings for the New Workplace

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Part 4: Helping Employees Cope

  • Workplace Change and Loss: The Burdens and Benefits
  • The Four Tasks of Workplace Mourning
  • Helping People Heal by Listening
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Supporting Grieving Employees
  • Quick Tips for Helping
  • Ten Guidelines for Organizations Undergoing Change
  • Grief Support During Organizational Transition
  • A Final Statement

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CTU Training Solutions , Updated: January 29th, 2019

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