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Carrying On In the Wake Of A Co-Worker’s Death

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"Tragic Death of an Olympic Luge Athlete." "College Professor Guns Down Colleagues." "Plane Flies Into IRS Building, Killing IRS Employee."  Recent headlines such as these remind us that human tragedies occur every day, touching not only the victims and their families, but also their co-workers and employers. 


HR plays a key role following the unexpected death of an employee.  Among the responsibilities HR may be tasked with: serving as a liaison between the company and the family of the deceased, helping co-workers deal with their grief, helping management ensure that operations continue to run smoothly, and handling practical matters (e.g., processing benefits paperwork) in a timely manner.


Balancing Grief With Business Needs

Contact the family to express condolences on behalf of the organization.  Inquire about funeral arrangements and possible donations to favorite charities, and then forward that informat...(register to read more)

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