Managing traumatic events in the workplace
The stress, fear and anxiety that is experienced by individuals who experience a traumatic incident can be overwhelming in terms of the physical, emotional and psychological impact it can have. Individuals affected by trauma – whether it’s a fire, theft or sudden death in the workplace, natural disasters, terrorism or even organisational change – can be profoundly affected by their experience and for their employers, it can be difficult to know how to respond.
In a new factsheet from the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, written by Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson, experienced Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer and an executive member of the UK EAPA, the Association outlines the reactions that an individual may expect following a traumatic event. The factsheet covers the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and what managers should look out for following an incident. It also outlines steps that can be taken to support employees to recover and return to normal business operations, as well as the role of an EAP in supporting those affected by trauma.
You can download your own copy of this new factsheet here.