Grief and the Workplace

Hazen, Mary Ann

The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding about grief and its effects in the workplace. I outline several approaches that psychologists and social scientists take to understand the grieving process; list ways that individual and collective mourning can affect workplace relationships; show how work and work organizations collude in the denial of grief or support healing from loss; and suggest ways that managers can respond to grieving employees while organization policies and practices support them in doing so.