Employee Sympathy Gifts
Michelle lost her sister. It was expected but for some reason that didn’t make it any easier to cope with. She remembers her in so many ways and tries to stay focused at work but can’t sometimes. Her manager reaches out with a comforting message, letting her know that the company is here for her if she needs anything. Michelle has a long journey to travel but now she knows she’s not alone.
While this is the hardest life event to talk about, it is the most important for an employee. Sure, there is no one size fits all for an employee sympathy gift, but this is the single most important opportunity that you will have to impact an employee. Grief is a mystery to us all, so it naturally catches us off guard. People have a hard time making sense out of loss. Although grief is unique to the individual, we have noticed some common denominators.
Tips for Bereavement at Work
As an employer, you are faced with a difficult task when responding to the news of a tragedy in your employee’s life. You may ask yourself, “what is the appropriate response of an employer in this situation?” Obviously you want to be there for them, but you may be worried about getting too close. There is an appropriate balance to strike.