Tips for Supervisors of Disaster Responders: Helping Staff Manage Stress When Returning to Work [open pdf - 660KB]
From the Document: "Many people who are involved in disaster response work find that it has a unique blend of stressors and rewards, both of which are powerful parts of the response experience. Upon completing a disaster response assignment, many responders find their return to regular duties to be a complicated, prolonged, and difficult process. In addition, coworkers who maintained the ongoing operation of the office during the response period may have experienced unwelcome demands, causing them to experience stress, as well. Supervisors can help manage the stress of returning disaster response team members and encourage them to gain perspective on their experience, contributing to their employees' personal and professional growth. This tip sheet can help supervisors ease the transition for disaster responders returning to work, recognize and reduce potential difficulties in the workplace, and enhance positive consequences for all of their staff."