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Coping With Loss in a Virtual Team
Offering Compassion From a Distance
Janet sits back and sighs. She's just had to tell her team that Alina is seriously ill and needs to take long-term leave. Everyone is shocked.
The whole team works remotely, which adds to the difficulty. They can't get together to support one another, or to support Alina, in the way that a more conventional team might do.
Our colleagues can become close friends, even when workspaces are thousands of miles apart. Losing a co-worker, in any circumstances, can be a huge setback.
In this article, we'll explore a four-step approach to helping a team cope with the loss of a member. And then we'll look at ways of taking these steps specifically if you're managing a remote or virtual team that's been affected by bereavement, illness, redundancy, or resignation....