Zurich Insurance introduces free antibody testing for employees

The company has introduced a multitude of benefits for employees and families to help cope with the COVID-19 epidemic.

Zurich Insurance is offering their staff a free COVID-19 antibody test for themselves and their families, to provide comfort for employees concerned about the virus.

Employees wishing to take advantage of the free test will not be required to disclose their test result to the company nor their colleagues.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, employee wellbeing has been a priority for Zurich Insurance, having given employees free access to the Calm app for six months and launching a wellbeing hub which includes a virtual GP provider.

The company has also introduced other benefits such as reducing the cost of childcare vouchers to £1, giving the option to sell holiday back to the company and additional free office equipment to ensure safe and effective working from home. Also available is an emergency loan of up to £750 per person accessible 72 hours following approval.

John Keppel, COO at Zurich Insurance UK, comments: “It’s not surprising that our survey sample showed up to 95% of Zurich UK’s 4,500 employees expressed an interest in receiving this test so we intend to make them COVID secure and easily available. We have chosen Bupa as a reputable and trusted provider. They will be administering approved antibody testing on our behalf.

“In the short-term, Zurich isn’t committing to any levels of return to office occupancy, instead choosing to align with government guidelines and industry best practice. As social distancing restrictions are reduced, we will, in turn, ensure our customer needs are incorporated in our office occupancy levels. At this point, we remain largely home-based as a workforce.”

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