Author Says Job Loss Can Be a Gift – How to Get Off the Sofa and Back in the Game in 2012

How to talk to people facing loss: Communication tips for front-line workers

Dealing with death in the workplace



Author Says Job Loss Can Be a Gift

How to Get Off the Sofa and Back in the Game in 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 19, 2012) – The holiday hype is over, and the January bills are here, so if you’re one of the 26,000 Canadians who lost their full-time jobs in December, this might be the perfect time for a pep talk.

Educator and author Laurie M. Martin is ready to help. As someone who specializes in “life interruptions,” she is now turning her attention to helping people face job loss – head on.

“Work isn’t just what you do to get a pay cheque,” Martin said. “When you lose your job, there is as much emotional stress as there is financial stress. You grieve the stability you once felt at work. You lose confidence, faith, and a piece of your identity.”

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How to talk to people facing loss: Communication tips for front-line workers

Written by: Laurie M. Martin

August 2, 2012

The charitable sector is made up of organizations and people whose mission it is to help others in need. Every day, staff and volunteers help people facing trauma, financial loss, physical hurt, and stressful or frightening situations.

Many people are formally trained to deal with it. Many are not. But all front-line workers need to be up to the task.

Read more at charityvillage.com

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Dealing with death in the workplace

Written by: Laurie M. Martin

April 25, 2012

A beloved colleague dies of cancer, or is killed in a car accident one block from your office. A senior executive in your organization takes his own life — in the stairwell of your office building. An employee is murdered on site, with others as witness.

Death, suicide, and violence — these are not topics most of us want to think about, but assuming they can’t happen in your workplace is a mistake.

Through my work in frontline trauma intervention, I have been called in to help in these real-life situations. The death of a colleague will have significant, lasting effects on an organization, its staff, volunteers, and the broader community. Is your organization ready for the inevitable?

Read more at charityvillage.com

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