A new report delves into compassionate leave entitlement across the UK, ranking industries from best to worst and reveal property to be one of the UK’s top industries for compassionate leave.
The study, conducted by The Compensation Experts, polled 1,500 workers across different occupations to determine the best and worst industries for compassionate leave, as well as uncovering their general perceptions of their workplace including whether they feel supported.
When an employee suffers a loss, thinking about going back to work can cause worry, so it’s important that employers have a compassionate leave policy in place to allow time to grieve. That said, what is the usual period the property industry allows? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. The study says that more than a quarter (27.3%) of workers don’t know what their workplace compassionate leave policy is.
Healthcare, property and communications are among some of the best industries for compassionate paid leave, offering five days.
Delving further into the findings and workers’ perceptions of their industry, in healthcare over a quarter (78.4%) felt that their workplace is compassionate, 77% felt supported by their employer, and nearly half (49.5%) felt comfortable asking for time off.
Scared to ask?
In the property sector, however, just under a third (28.6%) felt comfortable asking their employer for leave. However, a large majority still feel that their place of work is compassionate (71.4%). Interestingly, it’s employees in the data industry that feel the most supported out of all workers and industries, with over four-fifths (85.1%) expressing they feel fully supported, always.
Looking at the responses overall, almost half (46.6%) of workers would not feel comfortable asking their employer for time off, and more than a quarter (27.3%) are still unsure of their compassionate leave policy. Not only that, but nearly half (49%) also expressed that they sometimes feel isolated at work.
Tourism, agriculture, and creative arts are among the worst industries for compassionate leave.
Read the full report here.