February 04, 2020
Results: Epidemic or Pandemic?
We are going to assume that, like 100% of last week’s survey respondents, you have heard of the current coronavirus outbreak.
Despite the awareness of the virus, the concern rating (out of 10) was really spread, ranging from 0 (7%) to 10 (12%). However, just over 70% of respondents gave a concern rating of greater than 5 (pretty evenly spread between 5-10). We assume the difference in ratings is dependent largely on each person’s current situation in regards to line of work and health and also their past experiences with viruses.
In regards to how well prepared Gibraltar was for an outbreak, there was more of a consensus from our respondents. In general respondents had quite a negative outlook, with 19.4% believing Gibraltar was very poorly prepared, 20.9% opting for ‘poorly prepared’, and 38.8% saying somewhat prepared. Only 1.5% of respondents thought Gibraltar was very well prepared. It had to be said though, that this survey came out the day before the Government issued a press release advising of its strategy/plans in regards to the outbreak. Therefore, if we were to carry out the same opinion survey today, we may have more optimistic results.
You may have heard in the rumour mill that some employees view their annual sick day allowance as an extension of their holiday leave entitlement – so they make sure those days are taken off every year. We questioned our members about this and 7.5% of survey respondents said that they do.
Moreover, despite the fact that only a few weeks ago the vast majority of respondents suffered from some form of mental health issue (anxiety, stress etc…) only 1 in 5 of this week’s respondents said they take ‘mental health days’ as sick days. What is interesting is that less than half respondents (43%) said they were comfortable telling their employer they had to take sick days due to a mental health issue. Meaning 35% would not feel comfortable and 22% remaining unsure as to whether they would.
The final question asked respondents about bereavement leave. The government is going to introduce a law to entitle all parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to 2 weeks of bereavement leave. As we understand it, there had been no legal requirement for bereavement leave under any circumstances. We put it to out respondents, whether they thought this bereavement entitlement should be extended to cases where we lose any immediate family member (parent, child older than 18, sibling etc…), a whopping 85% said yes and 15% said no.