Experiencing the loss of a family member, partner or friend can be a devastating experience, and grieving employees need to be treated with the utmost compassion and support. While bereavement in the workplace can be challenging – employees may need to take time off unexpectedly, find their performance is impacted or be temporarily unable to perform certain roles – a supportive approach will help your staff member and their colleagues to cope in this difficult time.
This page from CIPD discusses ways you can create a bereavement policy which can take into account individual circumstances and help build a supportive environment. It also includes information about the law and your health and safety obligations.
There are two PDF documents included – one for your own use as a HR professional, and one that can be shared with your line managers to ensure your approach is consistent across your organisation.
COVID-19 is causing many people to die before their time. This can be very distressing for those who work with vulnerable people, who not only may feel bereaved themselves but may also have to support patients' friends and family. This guide can help.
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