Compassionate Employers is our workplace wellbeing programme, helping organisations look after their people and support employees through grief, dying and caring.
Do you know how to support a bereaved employee?
Our colleagues are important to us. After all, we spend the majority of our lives with them.
But not every manager is prepared when someone they manage tells them that they, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or has suddenly died.
It can be hard to know what to say or how to say it. What would you do?
It can be one of the most challenging moments of any manager’s career, which is why only 17% of managers say they feel very confident supporting an employee if they had experienced a bereavement at work.
Wellbeing in the workplace: a worrying statistic
Being unprepared for grief in the workplace could also lead to other problems for your organisation: 77% of 18-34 year olds say that they would consider leaving their job if they didn’t get proper support when bereaved at work.
Ultimately, not having the right support system in place for these scenarios could cause you and your organisation to lose valuable talent and experience reputational damage.
Here to help: our workplace wellbeing programme
Imagine knowing that there is a dedicated wellbeing support system at your workplace specifically for employees, managers and HR professionals, where you can:
> feel confident and capable of supporting your staff in challenging and emotional situations
> get advice and support from bereavement experts to help your staff through grief, caring responsibilities or a life-changing diagnosis
> benefit from 24/7 online access to resources and dedicated expertise.
Our Compassionate Employers programme
Hospice UK’s Compassionate Employers Workplace Wellbeing programme is designed to give you all of the tools and knowledge you need to feel able to support your staff.
As the national charity for hospice care, the money raised from providing the programme goes back into funding our brilliant hospices around the UK to enable them to keep providing end of life care to everyone who needs it.
"Supporting our employees’ overall wellbeing is fundamental to our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. We are pleased to participate in Hospice UK’s Compassionate Employers programme.”
- Sarah Boddey, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Northern Trust
You can be part of the national movement to support employees by creating compassionate workplaces everywhere. See how the programme has already made a huge impact on people who work with us: [click to play video]
Employees supported by Hospice UK’s Compassionate Employers programme:
How the programme works: what you get
We build on your existing workplace wellbeing and employee support offer to help you join up policies, peer support and communications.
The Compassionate Employers programme will help you foster a proactive, positive environment where supporting a colleague is no longer awkward or uncomfortable.
You will receive an organisation self-assessment tool, feedback meeting and tailored recommendations to highlight your strengths, priorities and areas of opportunity for the year.
During the assessment process your organisation will be benchmarked against best practice criteria for practical support, peer support and engagement. This results in a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award which an organisation can promote both internally and externally.
Year-round access to our online members’ hub, where all your employees can find information and support resources on bereavement, grief, caring and terminal illness.
With digital copies of all our resources, advice and topical content you can help your employees navigate difficult topics with compassion.
Training workshops tailored for your employees (e.g. line managers, Mental Health First Aiders), in the formats you need. Our team of skilled facilitators can deliver training via Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, or face-to-face.
You will have access to dedicated expertise on hand to support your employees' wellbeing, bereavement and grief training.
Through our regular Members Forum and Member Events, you'll get the opportunity to learn from and network with other Compassionate Employers.
Joining our programme costs between £2,000-£5,000 +VAT p.a., depending on your organisation’s size and type. As a member you can access all the opportunities and benefits listed above.
Some of our members
Interested in getting in touch? Or just want to find out a bit more?
There are plenty of ways to explore our programme at your own pace – from a mini assessment tool and some informative webinars to simply joining our mailing list or arranging a friendly phone call with one of the team.