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Paid Pet Loss Bereavement Time from Work: Should Employers offer this Policy? — 9 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, not all people understand the deep hurt that comes from losing a pet you love so dearly. It is almost impossible for non pet lovers to know how this loss does to you. I do not think that paid leave for the loss of a pet would ever fly. In fact, I honestly do not think that leave of any kind would be tollerated by the corporate world we live in.

  2. Most employees work 40+ hours per week here in the US.
    This is very dissimilar to the UK.
    Most are, usually, allotted 2 weeks vacation after 1 year of work. Personal time or any other time off is figured into that 2 weeks.
    There would be no sort of pet bereavement allowed unless it fell under personal time off. If the poor employee’s 2 weeks were already used up, any time they took off would be without pay and their job would be in jeopardy.

  3. Fortunately I am self-employed and do not have to deal with heartless, soulless cretins like one person posting above. My beloved feline family members are FAMILY, as has always been the case in my (human) family. I don’t, won’t and shouldn’t have to justify my feelings to anyone, and I will never work for anyone who doesn’t respect my feelings.

  4. It is impossible for someone to understand the incredibly deep bonds that develops between the guardian and their companion animal. Unless somehow has had this experience and has suffered the loss of their beloved pet, people frequently trivialize the death of a pet and feel that “it’s only a cat or dog or goldfish”. From the comment that Pat made it seems to me that she has never had a deeply abiding relationship with an animal companion, so how could she even begin to imagine the grief that loving pet guardians experience when their pet dies. In some cases, the grief is even more intense than it is for a family member or close friend.

    Pat is indeed an excellent example of the people who minimize the depth of the human-pet bond and who places “productivity” above and beyond the amazing relationship that people have with their “fur-kids”. People who are incapable of understanding the depth of bereavement over a lost pet probably shouldn’t be in a position of leadership in any company because their hearts are truly closed off and they are unable to be compassionate- which I feel is an essential quality of a truly excellent leader. I for one feel very sorry for these individuals since they are missing out on one of the true, unconditional joys that we who love pets have been blessed.

  5. If I was an employer I’d find ways to find out who had pets in their homes and then put them on the short-list for any further employment. (Not unlike land-lords who no longer rent to pet-owners for similar and very real financial-liability concerns.) When you put the life of your pet-hobby above the lives of production and your own career there’s something seriously wrong with you to begin with. You weren’t good employee-material to begin with. You’re not even an emotionally and mentally matured adult yet.

    What’s next? Get a week of paid-leave because you had to flush your daughter’s dead goldfish?

    Try to climb back into the light of reality and join the world of adults that surround you.

    • Your comment is very harsh. I don’t know whether it is deliberately harsh in order to provoke or whether these are your genuine thoughts. I think you are quite wrong. To actually single out people who have cat companions and then discriminate against them as you suggest is probably illegal anyway as it may well fall foul of employment laws in your country.

      Production and the efficiency of production is obviously vital to many companies especially in a more highly competitive world and I fully understand that. However, also in the modern world, companion animals are family members. There is definitely an argument, as the author of this article has suggested, to allow a short period of bereavement to take place. This in fact would quite possibly improve production. It is a practical suggestion rather than an airy fairy one, which you state it is. I don’t think it is an unreal suggestion. It is very much planted in the land of reality.

      That said, as I previously stated in another comment, only a few companies would go along with this. However, there are companies where they allow companion animals to join their employees at work, for example. This is said to boost efficiency at work. Would you suggest taking your dog to work as being a silly idea?

  6. This is a very good article and it made me think for the first time as to whether people should take time off to grieve over the passing of there animal companion. Common sense tells me that it would be a good idea but I don’t see employers universally allowing it because it is a very competitive world that we currently live in and employers don’t want to allow employees to take time off like this as it would reduce production efficiency.

    Also, some employees might be tempted to abuse this right because they may not be genuinely grieving over the loss of their cat or dog. A lot of companion animal owners are not as tender and as loving as you are and don’t form such strong bonds with their companion animal.

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