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REBA/Unmind Covid-19 and employee mental health research

The Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) conducted this survey between 4 May and 11 May 2020, to gain fast-track insight into the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on employee mental health and employers' strategic planning and investment responses.

The Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to impact on employees’ mental health which will affect their personal wellbeing, their ability to be productive human beings both at home and at work. In turn, this will have an effect on workplaces.

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A 12th May study by Open Evidence, of the effects of Covid-19 and lockdown in Italy, Spain and the UK found statistical evidence that being unemployed, living with more than one person, having children of school age at home, experiencing a stressful event (such as losing a job) and loss of earnings are all mental health vulnerability factors. Using this data, researchers predict that 41% of the UK population is at risk of developing some form of mental health problem during the current crisis.

Employers are in a prime position to offer help and support for their employees, whether they are continuing to come into work or they are having to carry out their duties from home. This survey looks at how employers think the current crisis is affecting their staff’s mental health and what they are doing to try and alleviate some of the impacts now, and in the future.


REBA received 151 responses to the survey, including organisations such as BT, Centrica, Diageo, DHL Supply Chain, Gatwick Airport, Jaguar Land Rover, Intercontinental Hotels Group, John Lewis & Partners, Marks and Spencer, RBS Group, Shell International, Sky, TSB and Virgin Media. In total, the businesses that responded to the survey represent more than half a million employees. Just over three quarters (76.8%) of respondents were from the private sector.

REBA has also carried out three previous snapshot surveys related to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on pay, bonuses and employee benefits. All three are available for download from www.reba.global/research.

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