Watershed is defined as an event or a period marking a turning point in a situation. Covid-19 took all of us by surprise when it escalated into a pandemic and indeed is a watershed moment in history that challenged the way we defined reality and viewed life.
This document aims to introduce a study conducted on a segment of people in the corporate sector in Sri Lanka and their response to Covid-19, with an emphasis on internal and external coping resources impacting the mental health of the executive cadre. Insights from past recessions and pandemics are mentioned before introducing the findings of this qualitative study that employed a group of 151 executives, managers and corporate leaders from various industries in the form of interviews. The observations and interactions with over 1400 working persons through webinars are also analysed.
This was a study done on a select sample of the workforce, hence when generalizing these findings, one needs to remember the different socio-economic variables that apply to different segments of the workforce.
The research in this working paper comes from scientific publications and reports published by reputed humanitarian organizations with an integration of insightful statistics of the situation by local and international news.
The current study was conducted to inform individuals, organizational decision makers, mental health practitioners who provide support to organizations and working individuals, and to some extent the government and policy makers, of the adverse effects of the Covid-19 on work and family experiences. As it is a work-in-progress, only the preliminary findings of the study are presented. Scientific publication from the preliminary and the full data set will be forthcoming.
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