It's human nature to want to offer words of advice to an employee who is suffering a personal hardship. Think twice before you do. It can be difficult for most employees to separate you from your role as an HR manager, so your "friendly advice" can be perceived as an employer directive. This doesn't mean you can never give personal advice in your professional capacity. It does, however, require listening to your head before speaking from your heart.
Before You Advise Employees
Whether it's a good idea for an HR manager to give an employee personal advice "depends on the situation and the culture of the company," said Patty Wingard, HR Director for Castle Worldwide, Inc. (Morrisville, NC). "I have offered an employee personal advice. The employee was the caregiver to her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer and was given a short time to live. I had gone through the experience myself. I had worked for th...(register to read more)