In praise of bereavement leave

Employees never appreciate their benefits until they need them
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/15/2014

Employees never understand the full value of their benefits package until it comes time to use them.

Things such as maternity leave benefits, short- and long-term disability and bereavement leave are barely on the radar when it comes to what jobseekers are looking for — generally, it’s “How much does the job pay?” and “How much vacation do I get?”

Unfortunately, I got to put one of those underappreciated benefits to the test recently when my mom passed away on July 13. Her death wasn’t completely unexpected but it happened far faster than we anticipated. Thankfully, I got to spend some time with her at the end — moments I will cherish forever.