I recently had an HR Bartender reader contact me about how to handle a very tough situation. One of the employees at her company had committed suicide. At the same time that I received her note, I saw a couple of posts on my Facebook page about employees who had lost a co-worker to illness.
Death is a difficult subject. Organizations need to realize that on most days, employees spend one-third or more of their time with co-workers. They celebrate successes together. They deal with failures together. Employees talk about their lives over coffee in the breakroom and pizza