Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

To prevent workplace disasters your company spends thousands of dollars to install fire and burglar alarms, provide safety training and running background checks on prospective employees. If, despite your best efforts to avoid it, a disaster does occur, The EASE Program is prepared to respond.

CISD interventions have kept absenteeism, turnover, and the development of employer-directed negativity to a minimum following the traumatic events at our client companies.

Virtually all employees who endure a trauma live with a temporarily increased sense of fear, insecurity and vulnerability. They may be able to do their jobs, to function in their personal lives, but they are not unscathed. Left to fester, these fears can often grow into employer-directed anger or apathy.

These employee concerns are easy and inexpensive for employers to address. Furthermore if the employer fails to address these concerns, they grow and will eventually contribute to declining morale, increasing turnover and weaker employee loyalty. We urge our client companies to notify our office immediately when a trauma has occurred so we may send a representative of the EASE Program on-site within 48-hours.

Now more than ever, employers need to make every effort to convey a message of caring and concern for their employees. Employees are especially receptive to this message in the aftermath of a trauma.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing offers: 

  • Immediate assistance to employees victimized by events beyond their control
  • Minimizes short-term and long-term effects of traumatic experiences
  • Dramatically reduces absenteeism and attrition following traumatic events
  • Conveys company concern and increases employee loyalty

Workplace situations that warrant Critical Incident Stress Debriefing may include:

  • Unexpected death, by suicide, homicide, accident or illness
  • Critical injury or illness
  • Robbery or attempted robbery
  • Disturbing customer/client interaction
  • Fire (accidental or arson)
  • Major change in company policy or organizational structure
  • Domestic violence (when it manifests itself at work or otherwise victimizes an employee)
  • Sudden/Unexpected employee termination(s)
  • Kidnapping or hostage situation
  • Natural disaster
  • Illegal activity (theft, embezzlement, other crime)

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