Over the course of the pandemic, millions of people around the world have been struggling with grief. Loved ones, friends, and family have died as a result of COVID – and that’s on top of other causes of death, like accidents or illnesses. How do we handle it at work?
Organizations around the globe are rethinking their bereavement policies in light of COVID, expanding their grief policies. The question is: What should constitute a grief policy?
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#1. Companies rethink bereavement policies.
Around the world, millions of people are struggling to cope with waves of grief over the past two years. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5.85 million people have died from COVID. That’s on top of other tragedies, which continue to march on: accidents, illnesses, chronic illness, and more.
Conversations about grief are increasingly becoming more common and socially acceptable. Those conversations are also seeping into work.
Jess Mah, an executive at software firm inDinero Inc. in the U.S., experienced her own loss during the pandemic. At the time, when her boyfriend died of suicide, she logged onto Slack and told everyone she would take two days off. In hindsight, she told the Wall Street Journal, it was “ridiculous.”
She ended up canceling weeks of meetings. In the end, she took three months off.
“Until it hit me directly, I didn’t think, ‘OK, wow this needs to be a bigger conversation,’” she said. “Bereavement is a part-time job in and of itself.”
Organizations around the globe are rethinking their bereavement policies in light of COVID, expanding their grief policies. For some, that means allowing people to take time off following a miscarriage or failed infertility treatment. For others, it means expanding the definition of family. If a cousin, or even a pet, was close to them, shouldn’t they be able to take time to grieve? Read more.