Paid pet bereavement leave should be more common

It is inevitable that if you have pets for any length of time, you're going to have to deal with the death of a pet. Nobody likes to think about that, but it's true.

If you've ever lost a pet, you know how painful it is. You feel like your world is ripped apart and you can't focus on anything but that. It's as painful as the death of any human family member. And the last thing you feel like doing the day after a pet dies is work.

More and more companies are starting to offer paid leave following the death of a pet. And it's actually inspiring loyalty in employees.

It makes sense, doesn't it? Those of us who have lost pets know that such a loss is as devastating as the death of any human. And and as such, it can affect your performance in the same way. You're not there mentally. Example: Years ago, I went to work the day after a family dog died. And I was utterly useless.

Beyond that, allowing employees to take time off after the death of a pet is very validating. Some would argue that there's no reason for this and that the end of a pet's life need not be mourned in the same way we mourn the end of a human's life. Those people are idiots. It can take as much time to mourn and recover from the loss of a pet as it can to recover from the loss of a human.

But by giving employees paid time to grieve for the loss of a pet, companies are saying they recognize that all their employees' feelings are valid. And that makes employees feel like they are valuable parts of the team, which has been proven to help keep good employees from jumping ship.

This is a practice that should be a lot more common. Luckily, I think it's getting to that point.

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Filed under: Pups

Tags: bereavement, cat, death, dog, pet

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