Dealing with a death is difficult in any business but especially so in a small one where it’s likely that everyone will know their former colleague well. I’m happy to be able to include this post from Helen Tracey (who tweets as @HRPotential) which gives really useful thoughts and some links to further guidance.
A colleague once told me that the best thing about their former employer was that they offered unlimited bereavement leave. This made me think. Someone close to you has to die before they become a good employer? That’s pretty sad.
I’m not sure unlimited leave is the answer, but no doubt there was some sympathetic intent behind the policy. A recognition that grief is a very personal thing. I like the fluidness of this in contrast to the rigid lists of the number of days you’re allowed in proportion to how close you were to the person who’s passed away. I’m sure those lists are unnecessary. You’d have to be a pretty pathetic person to use death as an excuse just to score a few days off work.
Death is something that many adults have had to cope with, and yet it’s little talked about. I’m not unique in having…
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