Coming to terms with tragedy at work

A model for assisting employees after a traumatic incident
By Donna Tona
Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2002

The negative effects on employees of tragedy, crime, disaster and misfortune in the workplace can be considerable.

However, there are a growing number of employee assistance models and professionals to help people come to terms with traumatic incidents at work.

There are many issues to be raised and questions to be answered in implementing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that helps employees deal with traumatic events. Do you know what to look for in the certified interventionists and counsellors you hire to assist employees? How can you assist staff in an appropriate way? When should the process be enacted? Is counselling always necessary?