If an employee of the Jewish faith passes away, it is appropriate and helpful for a supervisor or senior company representative to attend the service and make a shiva call. Doing so sends a message to the mourning family about the company's appreciation for the decedent's work and his or her contribution to the business. It also sends a positive message to others in the company and might help to boost morale during this difficult time.

Moreover, the company may wish to make a charitable donation in the decedent's name and/or send a condolence item, such as baked goods, a fruit basket or deli tray, to the shiva house on behalf of the company.

Of course, many employees and co-workers also become friends. While there are appropriate ways to act on behalf of the business, it is also important to acknowledge the friendship and the loss that might be felt.