Navigating Change and Loss in the Workplace

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Navigating Change and Loss in the Workplace

Season #2

In this insightful episode, Kumar Dattatreyan sits down with Maureen Desmond, a certified grief coach and consultant who specializes in helping individuals and businesses navigate through significant change and loss. Drawing from her personal experiences with tragic losses and her own cancer journey, Maureen shares her expertise on how to compassionately support employees during difficult times.

Throughout the conversation, Maureen emphasizes the importance of having a plan in place for when employees face personal losses, much like a fire drill. She provides practical advice on how managers and leaders can respond empathetically, such as acknowledging the person's presence, validating their feelings, and offering genuine support.

Maureen and Kumar also discuss the complexities of grief, noting that it extends beyond just death and can encompass various forms of loss, including job loss, financial loss, and even the loss of a company's culture. They explore how the shift towards remote work has impacted the way we connect with our colleagues and the potential for increased feelings of loneliness and isolation.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to cultivate a more compassionate and supportive workplace culture. Maureen's insights and practical tips will help leaders and employees alike navigate the challenges of change and loss with greater understanding and empathy.

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