Not many events loom as large in life as our struggles with personal problems.

In fact, when trouble at home becomes trouble at the office, nearly one-half of employees with personal problems say their job performance suffers as a result (Inc., 2018). 

Central Florida HR Directors surveyed on this issue agreed, ranking retaining valued employees during a life crisis as a top concern. In the words of one HR Director, “I can give them 12 weeks, but after that, I must have someone in the position.” Many employees ultimately may face a difficult personal decision, “Do I leave my job to…(care for mom, move near family, etc.)”?

The nature of a crisis is that it occurs suddenly, unexpectedly, and usually requires quick resolution. Resolution may take time. So, it’s often the process of resolving a crisis that creates the greatest amount of stress. Too, for an absent team member, embroiled in a personal crisis, he or she may feel disconnected or disenfranchised, no longer a part of their workgroup.  

Whether employees need a few days or longer, many employees rely on members of their team to “cover” during their absence. However, assuming additional duties often places greater burdens on remaining team members who assume additional work, which can increase their stress levels, and may lead to complications in team communications and relationships. 

Employees often receive support from EAP resources as well. This is helpful, if an employee in crisis can remain in place, but it may become more difficult if the employee must travel, for example, across the country to be at the bedside of a family member. 

Are there any viable solutions to return employees to work faster and to be more productive after a life crisis?

We, here at URChoices©, believe that answer is “Yes!”. That’s why we created our training package, Coping with Crises, to help employees deal with crises ahead of time, by preparing for key events before they occur, when emotions are calmer and thinking, clearer. Employees receive training to manage unforeseen life crises in blended training environments (live and on-line) including:  

  • Crisis preparation matched to unique employee profiles and needs
  • Skills training to anticipate, isolate, and identify problems in advance using hands-on learning, personal support and referrals to deal with crises proactively, not reactively
  • Creation of personal, step-by-step action plans that keep employees connected to their workgroup  
  • Returning employees to their jobs faster and be more productive with greater resilience


Coping with Crisis can support valuable employees like you to remain at their jobs, be more productive, and help their team create a viable, supportive workplace environment. Contact us to learn how we can help you personally and professionally!