Dealing with loss and grief at work

When an employee dies, the toll it takes on the workplace can be significant
By Estelle Morrison
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2010

Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at the office, often surrounded by people we’ve worked with for years. In many work environments, co-workers can feel like an extended family of sorts.

They celebrate birthdays, weddings, births and promotions together. They share excitement when working on a new challenge or when a child reaches a milestone and, similarly, commiserate about office politics or an argument they had with a neighbour. They bond through discussions about the latest news or TV shows.

In fact, managers hope for teams who are not only talented and efficient but who can also work closely and affably together.