Bad things will happen to good people. And to not only a few. Over 70% of Canadians have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, and nearly one out of 10 Canadians may develop Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives, according to Canadian psychiatrists Dr. Angelica Staniloiu and Dr. Anthony Feinstein.
That trauma, if not addressed correctly in the workplace, can leave employees feeling isolated and stressed, as well as adding to further problems such as absenteeism, embarrassment and an overall lack of ability to reintegrate into the workplace. Employers must be steadfast in recognizing the issues and consider the need for compassion that helps not only the worker involved but also the organization as a whole when dealing with future issues.