Engelstalige verwijzingen

Op het internet is veel te vinden over verlies en rouw op het werk in het Engels. Omdat dit meestal toch vanuit een iets andere culturele achtergrond geschreven is, enerzijds ten opzichte van (het omgaan met of tonen van) emoties, anderzijds de mentaliteit ten opzichte van het werk, is het interessant dit te vergelijken.

Cijfers uit Amerika

American workers mourn the deaths of 2.4 million loved ones each year, according to a Grief Recovery Institute research study (Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2002). The study estimates that grief (related to death) costs the United States .5 billion annually in absenteeism, diminished productivity, accidents, injuries, medical, and other costs. These findings are based on interviews with more than 25,000 grieving people; almost all said that their job performance was affected. Understandably, when an employee is devastated or deeply saddened by a significant loss, his/her concentration and memory are not working up to par. Some employees may develop health problems, emotional and/or physical, in reaction to unresolved grief.

Thus, it behooves an effective organization to have Workplace Grief Practices and Procedures developed and implemented—both to protect its valuable employees and its bottom line—by providing training/educational workshops for Human Resources staff, managers, and supervisors, as well as grief awareness and coping workshops for employees. Further, the organizational leadership can offer consultation and referral—through the Employee Assistance Program or Human Resources Department—for employees and their family members to access bereavement services in the community.

Further, when an organization loses one of its own employees through death, the immediate work group and related departments are most directly affected. Coworkers may feel deeply saddened, confused, preoccupied, and, sometimes, anxious about their own wellbeing. An opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with others, to discuss effective coping strategies and to remember the lost employee in the safety of a workshop format, can be an invaluable tool in helping to restore the relatedness and vitality of the work group.

(Bron: Center For Bereavement)


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