Catching up with some reading recently, I came across a little gem in hrgrapevine.com entitled ‘Should You Allow Staff Time Off When Their Pet Dies?’
It stopped me in my tracks for two reasons, firstly because I can remember being asked this question several times during my operational HR time, and secondly because quite frankly I struggle with the fact it even has to be asked!
I won’t elaborate on the article in too much detail because it’s right here for you to read, but when are we going to take that leap of faith and manage real life issues with a real life approach?
Pets pass away, fact. Trains repeatedly run late, fact. UK snow is disruptive, fact. Stuff happens, fact! I understand the need for corporate guidance, of course I do, it’s the environment I’ve spent the longest time in, but life will never be ‘one size fits all’ and that’s why I’m so comfortable in a work environment that understands that when s**t happens and support may be needed that it’s a two-way dialogue with solutions that work for everyone.
The Chrysalis team have collectively ripped up the staff handbook concept and we’ve written our own ‘code’. We’re not here to incite a revolution, but if you are in the mood to take the plunge and give your policy book even the smallest tear, we’re here to help!
We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!). An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.