This resource aims to help you to support colleagues through some of the most difficult challenges of their lives.
By doing so, you will be helping both them and your organisation. However, doing so will also be challenging for you – both as a line manager and as a person.
There will be organisational demands to manage and there will be your own emotional response to your colleague’s situation. This can be intense for you, especially if you know your colleague well or if their situation brings back memories of your own experiences.
Your own line manager will be able to provide support for you by, for example, confirming that the practical steps you have taken to help your colleague are the right thing to do. They may have experience and ideas of their own to contribute.
Your HR team may put on courses to give line managers the tools and confidence to deal with these issues in the workplace.
The confidential helplines and online forums can help you as well as people directly affected by a life-limiting or terminal illness.
If your organisation offers chaplaincy or counselling, that will be open to you if you need it, as will any confidential helpline or counselling available through your organisation’s EAP.