Employees may need to take leave for a variety of reasons, some positive, such as welcoming a new child, and some negative, such as grieving or facing hardship. When facing any personal upheaval, even if it's positive, the last thing a person wants to face is fighting for fair time off. Inclusive leave policies ensure that all employees feel seen and supported by the organization when they need it most. That support will lead to loyalty and increased retention.
Inclusive policies, including inclusive leave policies, are a critical part of fostering a culture of belonging, which has been proven to reduce turnover. Beyond ensuring you have robust policies in place, there are several best practices to consider to make sure your policies are applicable and beneficial to all your employees.