The Working Wounded: The Impact of Bereavement and Bereavement Leave on Employee Performance and Wellbeing | Sessions

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Concurrent Session, ENX CHRO, ENX HR Leaders, ENX Mid-Market
The Working Wounded: The Impact of Bereavement and Bereavement Leave on Employee Performance and Wellbeing
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 06/25/2024 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Organization (Technical), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level, Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn how bereavement (and bereavement leave) impacts all employees and how HR policy and practices can help to mitigate the negative impacts of bereavement. 

Seating Instructions: Seating is first-come, first-served. Reserved seating options are available for accessibility and accommodations. For detailed accessibility information, visit INFO > FAQs in the app.

Bereavement (i.e., the loss of someone significant through death) and bereavement leave have a substantial impact in the workplace. Research by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that bereavement impacts job performance, physical wellbeing (e.g., absenteeism), and long-term job attitudes (e.g., engagement). Most employees report insufficient bereavement leave, which is related to lower employee mental wellbeing. This research, along with a supporting framework, will help decision makers establish (or modify) HR policies and practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the 'basics of bereavement,' including common grief reactions and prevalent misconceptions about bereavement (e.g., the 'five stages of grief' myth);
  • Recognize the subtle ways that bereavement can impact employee and coworker performance and interpersonal interactions;
  • Understand the impact of varying lengths of bereavement leave on bereaved employees and possibilities for structuring more flexible bereavement leave policies;
  • Assess current organizational policies and practices for alignment with a suggested framework;Identify 'small win' ways to support bereaved employees.

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Diane Bergeron, Ph.D. Photo
Diane Bergeron, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist,
Center for Creative Leadership