Employers need to show more compassion according to a new report released today (Thursday 9 January) by the National Council for Palliative Care.
The report was published in partnership with the Dying Matters Coalition and National Bereavement Alliance.
The report, called 'Life after death: six steps to improve support in bereavement' revealed that two-thirds of those who were bereaved in the last five years, whilst working, didn't feel their employer was compassionate enough. The report also outlined that 56 per cent of people would consider leaving their job if their employer did not provide proper support if someone close to them died.
In response to the report's findings, the Dying Matters Coalition announced the launch of 'Compassionate Employers'. The initiative aims to support businesses that want to improve their approach to end of life issues by helping those employees bereaved or caring for someone.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'It's tragic to think that employers are failing to show compassion to staff facing bereavement or difficulties when juggling work with caring for a loved one. 670,000 people in the UK are unpaid carers for someone living with dementia. It's vital that employers recognise their responsibility to support staff both at work and at home.
'This initiative is a great first step towards increasing understanding. However, more needs to be done to ensure carers in the workplace receive support before they reach crisis point.'
For more details of the report please contact: Joe Levenson, Director of Communications at the National Council for Palliative Care on 020 7697 1520 or 07795 158003.
Factsheet on grief and bereavement