All workplaces feel the terror (editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2001

Sorrow, fear and anger. The tragedy of Sept. 11 and the opening of a new war have brought these emotions into the workplace as Canadians grapple with the events that will mark the beginning of this century.

For employers and people in HR who have stewardship over workforces, it’s important to consider Sept. 11’s continuing impact on our society. And while HR can’t spare employees the grief that has, and will, come, there is a role to play in acknowledging, monitoring and addressing the raw emotions in our workplaces.

The mood will be different in every organization. Some firms have lost people. Others have lost business colleagues. Staff may have friends or relatives among the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington, or upon the four hijacked airliners. Everyone has been affected.