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Small Businesses Struggle With Generous Bereavement Leave Policies

​Losing a loved one is an incredibly challenging experience, and in an ideal world, every employee would have the support they need during such difficult times. While the intention behind offering up to 20 days of bereavement leave is undoubtedly compassionate, small businesses face unique challenges that make such policies unfeasible. Let’s explore options for supporting your grieving employees while ensuring the continued success of your business.

Navigating Grief: A Wellness Guide for Small Businesses is packed with insights, strategies, and practical tips. This comprehensive guide is essential reading for small business owners, managers, and HR professionals. 

In today's fast-paced business landscape, the well-being of your team is more important than ever. As larger corporations set the bar with generous bereavement leave policies, small businesses face unique challenges in providing comparable support to their employees.

  • Resource Constraints. Small businesses typically operate on tight budgets and limited manpower. Unlike larger corporations, they may lack the financial resources needed to cover the costs associated with extended bereavement leave.

  • Impact on Workforce Dynamics. Small teams in a business often operate like tight-knit families. When a key member is absent for an extended period, it can disrupt the dynamics and workflow, leading to potential setbacks in project timelines and overall efficiency.

  • Long-term Financial Strain. Small businesses operate with limited financial margins, and providing extended bereavement leave without proper planning can result in long-term financial strain to the company’s bottom line.

Striking a balance between empathy and practicality is crucial for these enterprises to navigate the complexities of supporting grieving employees while ensuring the continued success of the business.

At the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC) we are on a mission to support the unique needs of small businesses with a cost-effective, non-therapeutic grief support program that can complement any existing wellness resources such as Employee Assistance Program (EAP). 

Navigating Grief: A Wellness Guide for Small Businesses is packed with insights, strategies, and practical tips. This comprehensive guide is essential reading for small business owners, managers, and HR professionals. 

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