A traumatic event is any situation that causes a person to experience unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with their ability to function normally at work or at home.
Accidents, death and suicide, sudden contract terminations’ workplace violence including robbery, harassment, bullying, can have serious consequences to well-being of employees. Reactions could be emotional distress including shock, disbelief, denial, anger, fear, confusion, self-blame, grief, sorrow and a sense of helplessness. If these problems are not addressed employees might risk developing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or anxiety disorders, depression.
Individuals could experience physical reactions such as high adrenaline flows, heightened perception, exhaustion. Cognitive changes resulting in short term memory problems, difficulty making decisions, poor attention span could also develop. Furthermore, individuals could withdraw, isolated from social, work and family contact with serious consequences for the individual and the organization.
Traumatic events often occur without any notice and can affect your entire workplace. Timely assessment of the situation and decisions surrounding next steps is critical. Engaging expert support from outside the organization is most effective to ensure thorough situation and impact assessment.
Traumatic Event Support should be available to organizations of any size and industry. We can support organizations with traumatic event management. Starting with an immediate support consultation, our experts will assess the situation, recommend and develop a course of action and deliver professional services as needed.