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27 May 2020

REBA Technical Training Guide to Emotional Support for Employees

The coronavirus outbreak has emphasised how important emotional support and human contact are. In this Technical Guide we explore what employers can take forward from the current crisis, to make the world of work more manageable, convenient, and kinder to our health.

Bereavement, domestic violence and addiction are just some of the instances where employees need additional support from colleagues, line managers and the wider working community. This guide explores how workplace culture and employee benefits can both contribute to emotional support – and the business benefits from providing it.

Topics include:
• Why does supporting your employees emotionally matter for both staff and the business?
• What kinds of support can employers offer?
• Who needs to be involved in emotional support?

And, take the quiz at the end to test your knowledge.

The coronavirus outbreak has emphasised how important emotional support and human contact are.

In this Technical Guide we explore what employers can take forward from the current crisis, to make the world of work more manageable, convenient, and kinder to our health.


Contents

• Why does supporting your employees emotionally matter for both staff and the business
• Emotional support and the coronavirus crisis
• What kinds of support can employers offer?
• Who needs to be involved in emotional support?
• Supporting at-risk employees
• Quiz - test your knowledge


About the author

Sam Barrett is a freelance journalist specialising in employee benefits, protection and personal finance.

With more than 20 years' experience, she has edited a number of magazines and websites since starting out on trade publication Planned Savings. Sam went freelance in 2000 and has written for a variety of trade and consumer publications including Moneywise, Employee Benefits, Reward and Corporate Adviser.

She has won many awards for her journalism including the Association of British Insurers' Freelance Financial Journalist of the Year, Protection Review's Outstanding Contribution to Protection Journalism and Headlinemoney's Financial Healthcare Journalist of the Year.

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