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07 June 2017

Three Ways To Support Bereaved Employees

It’s difficult to know what to say to someone who’s lost a loved one, especially if the loss was unexpected or the result of a terrible accident or attack. So many of us are afraid to approach a person who has been bereaved. We don’t know what to say, so avoid talking to them or act like nothing’s happened, without realising how distressing this can be to the bereaved person. When Sheryl Sandbury, LeanIn author and COO of Facebook, curled up for a nap and woke up to find her 47 year-old husband had unexpectedly died, her loss made global headlines. But it was the response of her colleagues when she returned to work 10 days later that really shocked her: “We sit at open desks and we share openly. It’s part of who we are,” she says, “But everyone looked at me like I was a ghost. No one would talk to me.” It turned out they wanted to, they just didn’t know what to say. So what should you say to someone suffering the pain of having lost a loved one and how can you support someone experiencing grief, instead of making them feel isolated?

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04 May 2017
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How Prince Harry Made The Workforce Healthier

If the ‘Kate Middleton effect’ has been to add £1bn to the UK fashion industry, the ‘Prince Harry effect’ is proving to be the ability to make people feel safe talking about their mental health. By t…

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17 March 2017
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Are You Overdue An Emotional Spring Clean?

Just as our drawers, desks and cupboards can become disordered or jumbled with mess, so too can our emotional lives. Perhaps our thoughts have become cluttered with worries or littered with sources of…

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15 November 2016
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Will Christmas Make Your Employees Mentally Unwell?

Christmas is traditionally seen as an event to be spent around loved ones. However, in addition to the 500,000 elderly people due to spend Christmas by themselves, another 3.5 million Brits are expect…

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14 May 2015
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Do we need to monitor employee mental health?

The idea of actively monitoring the psychological state of employees goes against every instinct we have in HR about respecting privacy and individuality...

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