Programs and support

Last updated August 17th, 2020

Employee support


The COVID-19 pandemic may have long-lasting effects, both physical and mental, on the health of your employees. Consider checking in with your employees regularly and having open discussions about stress triggers such as loneliness, burnout, anxiety, and grief. Below are a few of multiple resources you may consider that offer free or low-cost support.

Learn about the essentials of mindfulness through guided meditation exercises to reduce stress, improve sleep, sharpen focus, and more. Meditations and other exercises are currently free for employers and their employees.
Calm offers free resources—including meditations, events, and music—for mental and emotional well-being.
Ten Percent Happier's Coronavirus Sanity GuideTen Percent Happier's Coronavirus Sanity Guide
This is one of the free talks Ten Percent Happier offers along with free meditations, podcasts, and other resources for coping with the pandemic.
Virtual support from professional therapists to address mental health concerns like stress, anxiety, and depression are available from BetterHelp. Services for COVID-19-related issues are currently discounted.
Talkspace offers free support networks, discounted online therapy, an anxiety-relief program and more resources for coping with COVID-19-related stressors.
Healthcare benefits
Continuation of Health Coverage (COBRA)Continuation of Health Coverage (COBRA)
As explained on this US Department of Labor website, through COBRA, workers who have lost group health benefits have the right to continue those benefits for limited periods of time under certain circumstances.
Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, unemployed workers can apply for health coverage and find out if they qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or a lower-cost plan.
Unemployment insurance relief during COVID-19 outbreakUnemployment insurance relief during COVID-19 outbreak
Provided by the US Department of Labor, this resource on unemployment relief includes state-specific information.
Unemployment help from USA.govUnemployment help from USA.gov
This site explains how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other unemployment programs and services.
US Department of Labor coronavirus resourcesUS Department of Labor coronavirus resources
The Department of Labor offers a variety of resources to help workers and employers weather the COVID-19 crisis, including information on wages, hours, leave, and unemployment insurance.
US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationUS Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This website provides guidance and information for workers and employers on preventing infection with COVID-19.
OSHA Fact Sheet: Protecting Workers During a PandemicOSHA Fact Sheet: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic
This document provides guidance for employers, including information on workers’ rights, control measures, and training.
Talent ExchangeTalent Exchange
Eightfold AI, in partnership with FMI and supported by McKinsey & Company, has built an AI platform to match people to the right jobs with companies that are hiring. Browse for jobs on Talent Exchange.
This list is representative rather than exhaustive. Local and industry-specific sources will be added as they are identified. Please note that McKinsey & Company does not endorse any of the listed websites or their sponsors.