Managing Employees With “Survivor’s Guilt” in the Workplace

Managing Employees With “Survivor’s Guilt” in the Workplace

HR Insights Blog Header“Survivor’s guilt” is often associated with car crashes or natural disasters, but it can occur after any traumatic event.

The emotion typically comes when individuals feel remorseful for making it through a tragedy when others did not. In a professional setting, employees may experience survivor’s guilt— and the anxiety that comes with it—after organizational layoffs, furloughs or other shake-ups.

Employers should do everything they can to address these complex emotions among employees following major workplace changes. Failing to do so can result in serious long-term consequences for employees and the organization as a whole.

This article provides a brief overview of how survivor’s guilt can affect a workforce and outlines mitigation steps for employers to take.

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