Sunday, October 15, 2017

Helping Your Employees Tackle Tragedy



Are You and Your Company Prepared to Tackle Tragedy?

Tragedies happen.

There have been hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Massive wildfires in areas of Montana and California. And even the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

We all find ourselves riveted to news shows and social media posts covering these stories. We follow the path of the storms and wildfires. We become saturated with information about the shooter and the victims. Even interviews with those effected are on 24/7.

Many grapple with feelings of horror, helplessness, and anger. And it is impossible to think that these feelings don’t carry over into the workplace.

It is even worse when the acts of violence or natural disasters directly impact one or more of your employees or occur within your own company. Stories of disgruntled workers who go on a rampage or ex-employees who return to exact some sort of revenge, while not common, do happen. 


The bottom line ~ if a workplace tragedy occurs, it is sure have an impact on your employees.

That is why it is crucial for you to be proactive and create policies to protect your workforce. You can start by prohibiting any type of weapon in the workplace and establishing physical security measures like controlled entry and strategically placed cameras.

Adopting a zero tolerance policy for any type of workplace harassment and violence is also key.

You can find out more about protecting your employees in “Dangers to Your Small Business Part 3 ~ Violence and Drugs in the Workplace”!


But no matter whether it is violence that occurs outside or within your workplace or a catastrophic natural disaster, developing a plan to help guide you through, long before a tragedy strikes, makes good business sense.

It is possible that your employees are effected both physically and emotionally by these incidents. While the physical injuries are most easily understood, it is often the emotional impact that can go unrecognized or untreated.


So, what can you do to help your employees?

It is important that you provide, or give your employees and their families access to, the support they need both emotionally and physically.


4 Ways to Help Your Employees Deal with a Tragedy

Reach Out  
Offer your support and, whenever possible, a chance for your employees to come together and share. What is most important here is that they know you care.

Establish a Plan to Accommodate Employees’ Grief and/or Injuries 
This is especially important if the violence occurred within your workplace, close by, or involved family or friends.

Establish Time Off and Leave Policies
This can be essential for those who have been closely impacted by a tragedy. 

Find a Way to Make a Difference
Organize efforts to donate time, supplies, or money to help those impacted. The key here is to find a way to work together as a team and help your employees, or even their families, feel more in control.

Discover more about the steps your company can take in “What You can Do to Help Your Employees Deal with Tragedy”!





No matter what methods you choose, helping your employees through a difficult time does good on many levels.

It shows through actions, not just words, that your employees matter. That you empathize with what they are going through and truly want to help.


In the end, doing what you can to prevent tragedies within the workplace, recognizing the impact of those that occur outside your company, and establishing ways to help your employees deal with both is simply the right thing to do.  


And that is important for both your employees and your business!


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