BLUF: My manager and friend lost her fit and healthy husband suddenly 10 days ago. How do I best support her when she returns to work?
I always thought it would be great to work with a dear friend. It is, but her husband passed away very suddenly a week ago. We go back 20 years and now I am wondering how I can best support her. I have listened to the "managing through a personal crisis" podcast, and that was so helpful to relate to the staff. Basically I told them that the best thing that we can do is run the department efficiently while she is away. The work is getting done. It has hit us hard, especially after dealing with H1N1 all year (we are local public health).
If it helps, she is high I/D, effective and well regarded. If there is something that worked well for you I would love to know it.