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 and productivity. If you are coping with major changes in your life, you may be feeling pain, anger, or fearand that's perfectly normal. COPING WITH WORKPLACE GRIEF shows you that you are not alone, and that grieving is not a sign of weakness or a bad attitude. Not only are you allowed to grieve, you can, and should, ask for help. This book can be your first step in the healing process. You will learn about the sources of change in the workplace, and explore the different ways people react to change. If you are helping a grieving person cope, this book offers techniques to help you give this person support. Everyone grieves differently, and there is no timetable for mourning. But you can find the courage to get through. This book will show you how.
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 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 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 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 Appendix Appendix to Part 2 Appendix to Part 4 Additional Reading