Coworker Condolences

Coworker Condolences: What to say when a coworker has suffered a loss

March 20, 2019 0 Comments


Coworker Condolences

Q: What’s appropriate, if anything, to do for or say to a coworker you don’t know very well who’s just returned to the office after the death of her spouse?

A: Even though you might not know your coworker well, it would be thoughtful-and probably much appreciated-if you say something general such as, “I’m sorry to hear of your loss.”  You can leave it at just that-unless, of course, she wants to talk further.  You don’t need to send a card, but again, it would be a nice gesture-either in place of or in addition to saying something.  And remember that it’s better to write a short personal message on a card rather than just sign your name.

March 21, 2019