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machines are being taken up by governments, but it is hoped that once manufacture can be ramped up, there will be capacity for private use. The potential uses for this and associated technology are ground-breaking. If we can prevent transmission of the virus, we will be able to look to controlling the pandemic before the arrival of the hoped-for effective vaccine(s) that appear to be our only hope of emerging from this ongoing pandemic and resuming normal life.”


A REALITY CHECK In the short term, Covid-19 is providing employers with a reality check on the health and wellbeing support they offer, says Aon Principal, Mark Witte. “The pandemic has been a magnifier of current trends and the acid test of whether employers have the right


support available,” he says. According to Aon’s Pulse survey


of 1,889 international organisations, which took place in what Mr Witte calls the React and Respond phase in April 2020, 79% of employers surveyed had enhanced or further promoted existing employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in light of the pandemic. EAPs are a popular, practical and


cost-effective measure for mitigating the negative impact of lockdowns and remote working on mental and physical wellbeing. EAPs are also proving invaluable to thousands of still-furloughed staff having to deal with the financial and emotional reality of potential redundancy; an issue covered in a panel at the CIPD’s Festival of Work. Distribution Director


it comes to the money worries affecting all income groups. Echoing Aon’s findings, Mr Hill says, “We have seen a spike in calls to employee assistance programmes during the coronavirus outbreak as staff seek real and practical support for challenges they are facing during the lockdown. EAPs can be an excellent resource to support financial issues. Taking action with financial health can significantly reduce stress, personally helping the individual while also creating a more supported and productive workforce.”


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Towergate Health & Protection, Brett Hill, has seen employees appreciate the confidential support EAPs offer, particularly when


ESSENTIALS REMAIN – BUT REFOCUSED FOR THE FUTURE WORLD With just 36% of respondents to Aon’s Pulse survey of 1,889 international organisations saying they are deferring or postponing domestic or international people mobility programmes as a way to


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