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SHRM-WC Information, Resources for HR in Wake of Newtown Tragedy
December 2012

Our community has been struck with an awful tragedy and we want to offer as much support as we can for our members at this time.   As the HR professional at your organization, managers and employees may look to you for leadership in addressing safety and security concerns and providing resources on how to help your staff and your communtity heal.  We want you to know that we are hear for you and urge you to contact us if there is anything we can do to support you in the challenges you may have in the next coming weeks.

Please note that those wishing to provide a monetary donation may visit the following website: .

The following resources may be of help: 

Workplace Violence Response and Crisis Management Resources

It may be helpful to let your employees know that their safety and security is important to the company and that measures are being taken to ensure a comprehensive plan is in place, and of course following through on that is essential.


Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters What Parents Can Do.

Finding A ‘New Normal’ After Workplace Violence

Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

Crisis Management in Today’s Business Environment: HR’s Strategic Role


Follow this Topic on SHRM Online: Emergency Response


Employee Relations

If you have not already done so, contact your EAP provider and see if they have resources to assist employees and their families and then communicate that to them to let them know you care.  Reaching out to employees to express concern about them, their community, and their families is not just the right thing to do, but will help build a strong culture.  Additional resources may include 211 or





When an Employee is Grieving -- This is a VA Tech publication, so may be more relevant than others listed 

Grief in the Workplace: Tips for Supervisors

Supporting a Grieving Employee

Facing Grief: How and Why to Help People Heal

Helping Your Employees Cope with Loss

Helping Colleagues Cope with Grief

Guidelines for Dealing with the Grieving Employee

Grief During the Holidays

Expert Offers Tips on Coping with Grief During the Holidays – Nov 2005


How Can I Handle my Grief During the Holidays? – Oct 2008 
13 Strategies for Coping with Grief During the Holidays – Nov 2008

Grief During the Holidays

5 Thoughtful Ways
to Support a Friend Who is Grieving During the Holidays


Additional articles for SHRM Members
(Note: Your SHRM national user name and password is required to access these)

Plan Recovery After Workplace Violence Event – May 2012

Recovering from a violent incident or disaster in the workplace can take months, but having a plan and sources of help prior to the event can make the process smoother.

Dealing with Violence in the Workplace

Leadership Under Fire: Managing Stress During a Crisis

Turning Stress into Strength

Customization Is Key When Employees Are Grieving – Dec 2008


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