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“Navigating Grief in the Workplace During Times of Crisis, Chaos, and Change” with Margo Fowkes & Che Marville


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we delve into a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of leading through times of crisis, chaos, and change: navigating grief in the workplace. We had the honor to have an enlightening duo conversation with our remarkable guests, Margo Fowkes, the founder and president of OnTarget Consulting Inc., and Che Marville, a transformational Wellness Expert, Certified International Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and Corporate Wellness Pioneer, who bring their extensive knowledge and personal experiences to an enriching discussion on leading through crisis, chaos, and change.

Don't miss this heartfelt exploration of a topic that touches many but is discussed by few within professional settings. Listen now to learn how you can lead compassionately through times of sorrow.

In this Episode:

  • Margo and Che share poignant stories about their encounters with grief. Margo talks about her journey following her son's diagnosis of brain cancer, while Che reflects on losing her mother during the pandemic.

  • With the current workplace housing five generations under one corporate roof, Margo and Che discuss why a one-size-fits-all approach falls short when dealing with grief. Explore how tailored support fosters trust and connection within diverse teams.

  • Grief isn't limited to losing loved ones; it encompasses layoffs, missed promotions, or restructuring. Learn why acknowledging these losses is pivotal for organizational health.

  • Delve into why ignoring grief is detrimental to employee engagement. Find out what happens when organizations choose silence over empathy.

  • Uncover strategies for navigating difficult work dynamics post-layoffs or major changes without fear – by fostering open dialogue between employees and management.

  • Transform your leadership skills by developing emotional intelligence that resonates with today’s workforce realities. Discover empathic leadership practices that align actions with words for genuine impact.

  • Leaders need support, too! We discuss balancing managerial responsibilities while attending to personal emotional needs amidst tough decision-making processes.

  • Witness firsthand accounts linking empathy directly with business growth—happy employees mean thriving companies!

Order of Topics:

  • Understanding Grief in the Workplace

  • Personal Experiences with Loss

  • Embrace Diversity and Authenticity

  • Beyond Death - A Spectrum of Losses

  • The Power of Acknowledgment

  • Open Communication: Your Secret Weapon

  • Grow With Empathy

  • Support Starts at The Top

  • Soft Skills is Strong Business

Action Items:

  • Acknowledge Grief in the Workplace

  • Foster an Open Communication Culture

  • Personalize Support Systems

  • Promote Collaboration and Learning

  • Train Leadership in Empathic Management

  • Recognize Diverse Emotional Needs Across Generation

  • Implement a Proactive Education Program

  • Support Managers’ Well-Being Too

  • Align Actions With Word

  • Adapt Work Environments Flexible

  • Balance Scientific Understanding With Compassion

  • Normalize Emotional Support Structures

  • Prepare For Future Challenges

About Che:

Che Marville is a transformational Wellness Expert, Certified International Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Corporate Wellness Pioneer, and Podcaster. Che is a Keynote Speaker known for bringing science and well-being together, and she believes strongly in the unlimited potential of all human beings. Che has over two decades of training and coaching experience, she was CEO of the Marville Wellness Group, and she has trained over fifteen thousand health professionals and thousands of executives in the public and private sectors in mindfulness, human service, and wellbeing modalities. 

With an unwavering commitment to championing growth, Che has navigated a diverse career spanning Healthcare, Education, Advertising, and Media, strongly emphasizing fostering creativity and nurturing talent.

About Margo:

Margo Fowkes is the founder and president of OnTarget Consulting Inc., a firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals act strategically, improve their performance, and achieve their business goals. Author of the award-winning Leading Through Loss: How to Navigate Grief at Work, Margo also coaches leaders on how to create a more compassionate culture by acknowledging and speaking openly about grief and loss in the workplace.

Following the death of her son Jimmy in 2014 after an eight-year battle with brain cancer, Margo launched Salt Water, an online community that provides a safe harbor for those who have lost someone dear to them.

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About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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