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HRLTT – Mental Health and Wellbeing: Supporting Employees Through Grief and Bereavement

October 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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Hosted by Georgiana Barbanta (Talent Acquisition Manager) and Thomas Forstner (Talent Partner) at Paddle.

Featuring guest expert – Cecilia Shandeva; Workplace Wellbeing & Resilience Master Practitioner, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and Founder of yugen connections.

The HR Think Tank Series jumped at the chance to partner with Cecilia, for this special Think Tank, following the launch of her practitioner led research in Spring 2019 – Bereavement, Mental Health & the Workplace

There are over 40 ways an individual is likely to experience grief in their lifetime. From the death of a friend or family member, to the end of a relationship. However, employers are often left ill-equipped to support their staff in returning to a ‘functioning life’ following a bereavement. Under The Employment Standards Code, employees are allowed to take up to three days ‘bereavement leave’ to deal with the death of a family member (this includes the death of a child). THREE. DAYS. It’s outrageous! 

As HR professionals, it’s time we did something to address this outdated, unfit for purpose approach to ‘supporting’ employees. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because the current approach is damaging our businesses and staff both emotionally and commercially.

Join us this World Mental Health Day at Paddle’s London offices to learn from leading wellbeing Consultant and practitioner, Cecilia Shandeva, on the subject of grief and bereavement. Please see below the itinerary for our breakfast event, we hope you’re able to attend. 


08:30 – HR Think Tank Series Welcome
08:35 – Introduction to Paddle
08:40 – Presentation: The Impact of Bereavement and Grief on the Workforce
09.00 – Exercise 1: Cecilia’s research
09.20 – Exercise 2: Policy to support grieving employees
09.45 – Exercise 3: Supporting employees through the death of a colleague
10:00 – Exercise 4: The evolution of bereavement policy
10:20 – Wrap Up and Close

These Think Tanks are invitation only and held exclusively for senior HR and Resourcing professionals operating in a Head of / Director level role. For more information on the Think Tanks or to be considered for membership please telephone 0207 11 88 444 or apply for membership below:

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October 10, 2019
8:30 am - 10:30 am
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HR Leadership Think Tank


3rd Floor, 199 Bishopsgate (WeWork)
Spitalfields, London EC2M 3TY United Kingdom
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