Coping with the Death of an Employee

$170 Members / $195 Future Members

Death within the workplace can have a profound effect on other employees, especially since coworkers are very much like an extended family. The immediate steps taken by employers will determine how well employees recover from the tragedy and help to minimize the potential of them becoming trapped in their grief and disengaged at work. Please join us for this half-day workshop to develop your crisis leadership skills that will support individual and organizational resilience.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to respectfully honor the deceased, support those especially impacted, and continue business operations.
  • How to address both the human impacts and financial costs.
  • How to communicate in a way that demonstrates both competence and compassion.
  • Predictable individual and organizational symptoms of grief and traumatic stress.
  • Effective crisis communication skills to foster resilience.

Expert Presenter:
Bob VandePolBob VandePol, Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services' Employee Assistance Program, helps business leaders leverage behavioral health expertise to enhance the health and productivity of their work teams. Active as a keynote speaker and author, his areas of particular interest include suicide prevention, leading mission-driven teams and facilitating individual and organizational resilience after tragedies.



  • Three (3) credits for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance AND Management and Supervision Certification Program.
  • Three (3) HR (General) recertification credit hours for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
  • Three (3) PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.