Employers urged to create compassionate culture for pregnancy or baby loss

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CIPD: ‘Pregnancy and baby loss affects people across the UK every day. Workplace support can make a real difference to employees during a difficult time’.

A new survey has revealed that only a quarter of employees received paid leave following the tragic event of a pregnancy or baby loss.

The CIPD report found that just 25% of employees who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss received paid compassionate or other special leave from their employer (in addition to any statutory entitlement such as sick pay).

Almost half (46%) said such leave was or would have been beneficial.

Just 40% of those who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss felt that their manager showed understanding for such a challenging time.

Worryingly, just one in three (37%) organisations have a formal policy to support employees experiencing pregnancy or baby loss.

As a result of these findings, the CIPD is calling on employers to create a compassionate, inclusive culture that will effectively support their staff in a situation where they have suffered a pregnancy or baby loss.

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Rachel Suff, senior wellbeing adviser for the CIPD, said, “Pregnancy and baby loss affects people across the UK every day. Workplace support can make a real difference to employees during a difficult time. Employers should manage absence and leave with compassion and flexibility, and make sure line managers know how to support people with sensitivity and understanding.”

Jill Miller, senior diversity and inclusion adviser for the CIPD, added, “Pregnancy and baby loss don’t just impact women in the workplace. Employers should ensure their workplace support includes partners, who are often providing support as well as grieving themselves. It’s essential that the organisation’s approach is underpinned by the principles of empathy and inclusivity.”

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