Employees hide their grief

One in four employees took no time off work following the death of a loved one, while a further one in 10 took just one day, new research has found.

The survey of 2,000 UK employees who have experienced the death of a loved one revealed that half of employees who did take time off felt under pressure to conceal their grief when they returned to work.

Despite this, the research found that 98% of employees believed some time off after a death is reasonable.

The findings come less than three months after a private member’s bill was introduced into parliament to give employed parents a statutory right to paid time off to grieve in the event of the death of a child. Such a right does not exist in law currently although the Employment Rights Act entitles staff to a ‘reasonable’ amount of unpaid time off to handle an emergency involving a dependant.

Apparently, almost half of employers did not have any formal policies in place to cover staff bereavement, although 92% regularly provided flexible-working options for employees dealing with a death.

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