is the CEO of Adapting
where he works with major corporates to pilot programs on dealing with grief in the business landscape. He has also started a Podcast called 'Adapting' where he opens up the discussion on the said subject.
In this Episode:
Role of companies in supporting their employees going through grief
Effect of grief on work performance
Building a culture of empathy in an organization
Impact of therapists + culture of empathy within a company
Work policies regarding bereavement
People’s behavior around someone who is grieving
How company culture surrounding grief can extend beyond work
Organizations’ ways to prepare for and de-mystify grief
"If you could be working in an organization that’s looking to build that culture of empathy, I think you’re really on the right track."
"Any resources like a therapist, councilor, psychologist, that happens to be working in an organization, if they were in an organization and it was the right culture, (I think that’s the other thing, you can’t have one without the other) If you had that culture of empathy and you had somebody in that role, how could it not be something that is really impactful?"
"If that culture is in place, you may allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to do that; to go and see somebody."
"Going back to work is a hell of a challenge. But it’s not just a challenge for those grieving, it’s a challenge for those working with someone who is grieving."
"If you did extend yourself out to somebody that was grieving in an environment that encouraged it and you had some understanding of what the organization expects of you, what they did in relation with grief for their employees, I think you would potentially, you could get real post traumatic growth out of an employee."
"When you need that human connection most is at this time. And so that’s the opportunity for workplaces to just have those conversations to think about it before it happens."
"As a group of people, we may not do it completely right; but at least we’re going to be trying to approach it from a more mature perspective and a more human perspective."