If there is one thing that we need right now, our teams and workplaces alike, it’s more compassion in the workplace. This requires Grief-Informed Leadership. As leaders and team members spend a significant portion of their time in the workplace, cultivating understanding of grief becomes a powerful way to foster connection and trust among colleagues.
Enter Kathi Balasek, an educator, grief literacy communication coach, university assistant professor, speaker, podcast host, and widow advocate. Kathi specializes in training professionals to enhance their grief literacy communication skills, enabling them to effectively engage, support, and retain clients and employees navigating life’s most challenging transitions.
In my conversation with Kathi, we delve into various aspects of grief, discussing both personal considerations when grieving and what leaders should be attuned to when a team member is experiencing grief. There’s no better time than now to take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to addressing grief in the workplace. When team members feel that their well-being is genuinely cared for, they not only feel valued but also experience a heightened sense of belonging.
Mentioned in this episode:
Kathi’s Web-Site: https://www.kathibalasek.com
Kathi’s New Co-Authored Book: Inspiring Women; Purpose, Passion, and Power in Professionalism