Australia would benefit from having a broader conversation about approaches to bereavement in the workplace, says director of workplace issues think tank Reventure, Lindsay McMillan.  

“I’m very impressed with Facebook’s intent here—simply because it recognises that as employees at work, we are whole-of-life people. [Facebook’s policies are] integrated from birth until death,” he tells SmartCompany.

“We know that Australian workers are under immense pressure to deliver on results,” says McMillan, who believes a recognition of the longer term impacts of grief on staff members can help staff loyalty.