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OP-ED: Death in the Human Workplace


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Cal
- 219 days ago - linkedin.com
When an employee's family member is ill or dying, we should be our most sympathetic



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Alfred Donovan (46)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:50 am
When my father died I was given three day's leave of absence my brother who worked in the same factory as me was refused any leave at all.This was an American company Nibco from Indiana it was a heartless company with no soul.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:37 am
Condolences to you and your family Alfred. And yes, as stated above, we should be sympathetic!
 

Birgit W. (147)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:10 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Sharon H. (290)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 3:55 pm
Back I the 70's, a girl I worked with at Piedmont Airlines was advised her mother was dying. Her mother lived in Georgia and we were in NC. She was told if she went to see her mother it would be considered unexcused absence and she would either be put on probation or fired, depending on the amount of time she was gone. She wasn't even allowed to use her accrued vacation time. She had to wait until she died and could go to the funeral. We were given 3 days bereavement time and that included everyone, no matter where your family was. Much later, it eased up and when my Dad died in 1990, we were now US Air and I was allowed to use vacation time to go see him in PA several times before he died. I retired from US Airways...as it finally became.....and think the policy of using vacation time is still allowed with the 3 days bereavement. If your family is farther away, they allow you to tack on vacation time. I see some companies are still heartless when it comes to a death I the family.
 

Winn Adams (193)
Friday March 21, 2014, 11:37 am
Some companies are heartless and some are not. It's very sad and telling when a company doesn't understand about family emergencies. And, I bet if the owner or CEO had a family emergency it would be dealt with in a compassionate way.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:51 am
I'm not a fan of Liz Ryan, based simply on 25 years of productivity consulting.
 
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