Additional guidance for managers
People cope with grief in different ways. For some, grief can be debilitating and the bereaved person may need time off work. Others may prefer to be at work as a way of coping with their grief.
It's important to understand that, at first, the bereaved person may be in a state of shock and overwhelmed by grief. In addition to sadness, reactions can include problems with concentration and memory, fatigue and loss of confidence.
Discuss options with your employee about time off work and any changes in duties when they return, and come up with a plan together. Check in regularly to see how they are going. Listen to the response and try to understand.