Meet Ryan – The Apprentice


Do you know someone like Ryan, the apprentice, who’s suffering from a bereavement in your workplace?

Ryan is the WeWorkHard apprentice.  Recently one of his and Kieran’s friends had a crash and was killed. He was only 21.  Clearly, he’s suffering grief and bereavement?  WeWorkHard recruits from a small area so everyone knows everyone else and it’s affected not just Ryan and Kieran but the whole team in some way.  Ryan is getting angry with everyone.  He won’t talk about his friend and if anyone mentions it he clams up.  He’s been so promising and you were hoping to keep him on after his apprenticeship ends, but it seems like he is just on self-destruct.  He’s out most nights drinking and turning up for work late.  Everyone had hoped he would be able to learn to drive and start going out to do jobs on other sites for you but he’s flatly refused to get behind the wheel of a car.

How can you help Ryan with bereavement?

Firstly recognising the signs of grief or bereavement that Ryan is experiencing is typical.

We all react to grief in different ways but experiencing death in someone so young can provoke extreme reactions.

Giving Ryan, support and giving him time to come to terms with this situation is important. Ryan needs to come to terms with his grief and you need to take steps to let this happen.

NECS Works –  employee counselling, workshops for managers dealing with grief or crisis death at the workplace

How NECS Works can help:

NECS Works can provide employee counselling for Ryan to help him deal with bereavement and grief. Employee counselling can help with a range of difficulties staff are facing, giving a safe and confidential place to talk about their issues. Employee counselling helps individual staff to come to terms with their issues and develop their own coping strategies to build resilience, confidence and help them to overcome their problems.

An advantage of using NECS Works is that they have a broad range of counsellors to choose from, matching the right counsellor to the staff member or individual. There are rarely waiting lists and the problems or issues are not put on any medical notes or records. NECS Works will simply deal help the employee or staff member to come to terms with their issues and plan a way forward.

NECS Works can also deliver workshops for businesses in areas such as “mental health awareness”

Your staff are your key assets, NECS Works can help you as an owner/manager to deal with the difficult areas of staff’s personal issues that may reduce productivity in the workplace. We are experts in the field, so we can deal with the problems you don’t want to handle. Running a business is hard enough.

What NECs Works can help business owner/managers with:
  • Employee counselling
  • Workshops around specific topics
  • Crisis support – drop-in or group work
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Mental health policy development and review
  • Coaching
NECS Works is part of North East Counselling Services CIC, a leading provider of counselling in the local community, which has been established for more than 11 years.
98% of clients surveyed stated they would refer friends and family to NECS. We also deliver counselling on behalf of NHS Commissioners and Local Authorities among others.


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