I had such a great discussion with Rachel Kodanaz for this episode. Rachel is the author of three grief-related books, and is an expert on returning to work after a loss – both from the perspective of the grieving person and the perspective of the employer. In fact, she consults with and speaks to organizations large and small on this topic. She’s a widowed mom herself, having lost her husband when her daughter was just 2. She was employed in a large corporation at the time, and had to figure out how to make returning to work work for her family.
Some topics that Rachel and I discuss include:
How she negotiated with her employer to take her toddler along on business trips;
Getting creative to solve the time-crunch problems of raising a young child on her own;
Myths about employees returning to work after a loss;
Questions to ask yourself before returning to work, to make your return go more smoothly;
Tips for discussing what you need with your employer;
Thoughts on how much to share with a prospective new employer when looking a job;
Tips for kicking the proverbial elephant out of the room when returning to work;
EAP, FMLA, and other employment benefits that may be available;
Suggestions for when you suspect colleagues may be resentful or think you’re not pulling your weight; and
Why you should have an “elevator speech” ready for when people say insensitive things.
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Rachel Kodanaz.
Links & resources for this episode
Rachel’s web site
Grief in the Workplace, by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What To Do With Your and a Loved One's Personal Possessions, by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
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