The death of a colleague can leave a personal and professional void in the workplace, and can often be a shock. A co-worker's death can mean the loss of someone who we depend on, but also the loss of a friend.
The effects can often be shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, fear, and finally acceptance.
Employee Assistance Programme
The University of Otago Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available to all staff, and its use is encouraged.
Coping with bereavement
Stratos Ltd (our EAP provider) have put together an information sheet around coping with a bereavement in the workplace.
Managing bereavement in the workplace
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have a good practice guide on managing grief in the workplace.
Chaplains at the University of Otago
The University of Otago Chaplains have produced a book on dealing with grief.