We got terrible news Sunday. My daughter’s 5th grade teacher (she is now in 6th grade) was killed in a hit and run accident. The school where he taught is comprised of 5th and 6th grade. So most of the students either had a connection to him or have a friend who did. It’s a horrible situation, made harder by the fact that so many children have to process this sudden tragedy. I’ve been impressed with the school’s response. They have grief counselors on standby, rooms for the kids to go if they need a good cry, and are in constant communication with the parents about the situation. It’s a good lesson for HR. If something terrible like this should happen to a member of the workplace community, HR and leadership should play a central role in creating a compassionate environment. It’s as simple as just holding the space for your employees. And it makes a big difference.
Rest in peace Mr. Caffrey.