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Creating a Bereavement Leave Policy

After losing a loved one during the pandemic, Corey Tyner, founder and president at Buy Yo Dirt in Phoenix, changed his company's approach to bereavement.

"This led me to rethink our bereavement policy and made me realize that it's important for everyone to have sufficient grieving time and the right amount of support," said Tyner, who has 200 employees at the Arizona-based business, which buys and sells land for its clients.

First, the business revised the number of days provided for personal leave by making it more flexible depending on what each employee said they needed. Next, it started offering grief counseling to any employee who requested it. And finally, after employees returned from leave, they were offered help with pacing their workload to make the transition back to the office as easy as possible.

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