A Death in the Family (from an HR Perspective)

A Death in the Family (from an HR Perspective)
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“The difference in how our employers handled our absences are a perfect case study in how to, or not to treat employees in a time of crisis.” - Erin Spencer

 

My grandmother passed away in 2019 at the age of 98. Although it wasn’t unexpected based on actuarial tables, death is always a surprise.

 

Aside from the complications of emotions ranging from grief to relief, we also have the fun of funeral logistics. My Disney touring plans are color-coded. The plans for Grandma’s funeral were almost as complex, but unlike a planned Spring Break trip this time off was not arranged in advance.

 

My family isn’t large by many standards, but 25 relatives gathered in Cleveland, Ohio from eight states for Grandma’s funeral.

 

The difference in how our employers handled our absences are a perfect case study in how to, or not to treat employees in a time of crisis. The last thing your employee wants to think about after their mom or grandmother passes is whether or not they’ll be able to take bereavement leave to attend the funeral.

 

My manager told me to take all the time I needed and let

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