Anne Corden                    Social Policy Research Unit                        University of York           Social Aspe...
   Bereavement as a general life experience,    affecting all workplaces   Absence from work following bereavement   Re...
   Projected rapid increase in number of deaths   Increase in retirement age   Bereaved employees:     intensity of gri...
   Immediate emotional shock, and impact on    capacity   Time needed to deal with practicalities   People are differen...
   Employers’ arrangements to support return to    work   Some evidence that bereavement is followed    by leaving work...
   Going to GP may seem a natural route for    support   Fitnotes and reasons for absence from work       Little is kno...
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Bereavement and Workplace Well-being by Anne Corden

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Bereavement and Workplace Well-being
Anne Corden, University of York
A presentation at the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Symposium, November 2011

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Bereavement and Workplace Well-being by Anne Corden

  1. 1. Anne Corden Social Policy Research Unit University of York Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement British Sociological Association Study GroupSeminar on ‘The Impact of Death: Policy Implications in the 21st Century’ 21 November 2011
  2. 2.  Bereavement as a general life experience, affecting all workplaces Absence from work following bereavement Return to work following bereavement GPs’ involvement, and the interface with work
  3. 3.  Projected rapid increase in number of deaths Increase in retirement age Bereaved employees: intensity of grief and loss immediate needs at work longer term impacts Employers: organisational and managerial issues time off return to work support at work productivity ‘presenteeism’ Work colleagues: impact for bereaved person impact for themselves HR personnel: organisational and administrative issues skills and training referral for specialist support Current review of bereavement benefits
  4. 4.  Immediate emotional shock, and impact on capacity Time needed to deal with practicalities People are different in attitudes to work Employer’s approach to enabling time off:  Limited/unlimited leave of absence  Paid or unpaid  Annual leave  Sick leave A ‘Black Box’ of behaviour and expectation in UK
  5. 5.  Employers’ arrangements to support return to work Some evidence that bereavement is followed by leaving work Some bereaved carers want to try work, or re- engage after a long period away Time lag in access to specific bereavement services
  6. 6.  Going to GP may seem a natural route for support Fitnotes and reasons for absence from work  Little is known about GPs’ attitudes and behaviour around bereavement

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