Helping a Colleague Re-enter the Work Environment

Any colleague who has suffered a loss should be treated with respect and compassion. Oftentimes, co-workers show their support for colleagues during a time of personal loss by participating in prayers and services, making a shiva call, and/or sending condolence items – such as baked goods or fruits baskets – to comfort the mourners.

Because the majority of mourners observing shiva will not be able to address any work concerns following the death of a loved one, questions and work-related correspondence should be kept to a minimum. In addition, workers should not be pressured to complete work-related tasks during the mourning period. Showing sincere compassion will help re-establish the worker's belief that he or she is truly cared for and valued by the organization.