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WHAT effect has the Covid-19 pandemic had on work-life balance?

It’s a question asked by the Vehicle Remarketing Association in a snapshot survey and 47% of respondents said they are currently facing issues – but 89% said they are “somewhat confident” about coping with the stress.

The questions were asked as part of a VRA webinar called “How to Stay Well in a Time of Crisis” that was designed to provide guidance on member wellbeing through the coronavirus crisis.

Chair Sam Watkins said: “The sample size for this was small – restricted to VRA members with around 20 people responding  but it does provide a useful indication of the how people in our sector are coping through current conditions.

“Overall, the survey chimes with the mood of the webinar itself – members are currently under quite a lot of pressure but the majority believe that they coping. What we are trying to do is signpost support for those who are perhaps struggling a little.”

The snapshot survey also asked members what coping techniques they were using and the answers ranged from golfing and finding time to spend with friends to taking out a Netflix subscription and buying a new motorbike.

Conversely, those that outlined problems that were weighing heavily on them mentioned uncertainty, concern about the future, and feeling as though events were out of their control.

Watkins said: “What seems to be the case is that a lot of people have developed individual coping mechanisms and that most of them are good solutions – but a few are certainly feeling the pressure. We hope that the webinar was useful to them and that if they feel they need further support, that they can reach out.”

Speakers on the webinar included Prash Kotecha of Mantra Consulting, on reducing stress and building resilience, and Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at automotive industry charity Ben, on support and services that are available.

Watkins said: “Hearing VRA members talk about issues they had experienced and how they had overcome them was very, very powerful.”

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