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Supporting bereavement in the workplace

Five generations may be found in most jobs, from traditionalists (born between 1928 and 1945) to Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012). So how should companies ensure they give their employees the correct type of support?

Gemma Bullivant, an HR expert and coach, claims that businesses lack flexibility. “There’s a legacy of focusing too much on structured policies such as bereavement leave rather than working with the individual,” says Bullivant. “Does this situation qualify for bereavement leave? Do they need 1 day or 3? When will they return? But you just can’t put a timeframe on grief. You can’t just give someone a day’s leave to attend a funeral and then expect them to return to work and be absolutely fine.”

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