Grief Support at Work

The Grief Recovery Institute’s 2003 Grief Index showed that companies lose upwards of $75 billion dollars annually due to the “hidden” costs of grief from low productivity, sick days, accidents and errors due to decreased focus on the job. Those figures are much higher 9 years later.

Standard bereavement policies allow for 3-5 days of bereavement leave. However, the grieving process has only just begun during the first 3-5 days following a loss. The grieving, and resultant decrease in productivity, continues way beyond this.

As a Grief Recovery Specialist, I have some ideas for how your organization can provide support in a way that allows your employees to feel fully supported, leaves a lasting positive impression on not only the bereaved, but also on other staff members — as well as ensures that you retain and engage key contributors and increase “presenteeism” from your grieving employee.

Grief and Your Bottom Line!

GRI study estimates that >$75 billion/year is lost due to impact of grief

Death of a loved one   ~ $37  billion
Divorce/marital problems   ~ $11  billion
Family crisis  ~ $  9  billion
Death of friend/acquaintance  ~ $  7  billion
Financial problems  ~ $  5  billion
Pet loss  ~ $  2  billion

What Can You Do?

Provide education about grief and the Grief Recovery Method 

  • Supervisor and Manager Training – The Manager’s Checklist
  • Co-Worker Training – What To Say And Do to Provide Support To Your Peers
  • HR Training – The Different Loss Experiences And How To Respond
  • “On Call” Grief Counseling

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