The Last Business Trip You’ll Ever Take
While digging around on the interwebz in search of various and assorted nuggets of wisdom, I ran across a company’s HR Policy Manual which contained this little gem:
“If the death of an employee occurs while on business travel, [company] may pay the cost for
transporting an employee’s body to the employee’s headquarters.”
May pay the cost?
Now granted, as everyone who has ever written a company policy knows, it’s
safer considered a best practice to use the word may as opposed to the term will. “You may be subject to termination” vs. “You will be terminated.” Gives the company/manager/HR Department flexibility and sense that they haven’t bound-themselves to one particular next-step.
But seriously – “… may pay the cost” to transport the body of a deceased employee?
Why do we allow such inhumane foolishness?