Educating others about the process of grief is a key factor in changing the way grief is viewed and responded to within the community.
The GCWA educational services are available to any group or organisation. Please contact us for further information.
Business Review Weekly stated “grieving employees and employers can have a financial, emotional, social and physical impact on work. Grief does not stay quietly at home”. Presenteeism (being physically present but not really productive) is a work issue which is claimed to be costing the Australian economy millions of dollars. While it is often linked to physical wellbeing, more recently research is acknowledging mental wellbeing as a major issue in presenteeism. Authors Katherine Ashby and Michelle Mahdon believe the “focus should be on ‘health management’ and not ‘absence management’ … organisations ought to devise health and wellbeing programs designed to counter presenteeism and improve workplace conditions.” (Human Capital Matters: Managing Presenteeism Issue: 5 June 2012).
When a loss occurs to any staff member, it can considerably impact on workplace morale and presenteeism, leading to absenteeism. When grief is acknowledged and responded to effectively, staff are more likely to resume their place at work with a greater physical and mental sense of wellbeing, leading to a more productive outlook.
The Grief Centre of Western Australia’s professional corporate trainers can provide customised education and training for organisations and staff through various presentations, seminars and workshops. By offering training and consultancy packages to organisations, staff are given tools to professionally and appropriately respond to grief whether it be their own, their colleagues or customers. With understanding of the grieving process and the factors affecting someone in mourning, it is possible to feel more confident when dealing with others in this difficult time.