EAPs are uniquely placed to assist employees with bereavement
Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) are an important resource for employers and employees to access when employees are bereaved or where there is a death in the workplace.
“Bereavement is a complicated issue and the impact on the individuals affected can be long lasting,” says Andrew Kinder, chair of the UK Employee Assistance. “EAPs have a unique role in organisations to help communicate and promote the support that is available to employees if they are bereaved, as well as to line managers and other
employees who are seeking advice on how best they can help and support their bereaved colleague.”
According to last week’s report by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), the Government needs to look into statutory leave from work for employees whose loved ones have died and also encourages employers to better inform their workforce about the support they’re entitled to in these circumstances.
“The NCPC study reports that half of employees would consider leaving their job if their employer doesn’t provide adequate bereavement support. This is a high number and suggests many organisations would benefit from reviewing their support systems following bereavement.”
“Separately, UK EAPA’s Market Watch report suggests that 50% of organisations don’t have an EAP. Given that EAPs provide such valuable support services, particularly for those who are bereaved, employers without this type of programme in place should consider how, with an EAP offering for employees, they can help to ensure bereavement support is available to all employers and managers, whenever it’s required,” says Andrew Kinder.