COVID-19 and the Workplace: Employees Weigh In

By on April 30, 2020 at 5:00pm

COVID-19 AND THE WORKPLACE: EMPLOYEES WEIGH IN

Here’s a glimpse of how professionals are faring amid the coronavirus crisis and how they feel about returning to the office.

WORKING FROM HOME IS WORKING

77% of employees surveyed are currently working from home:

63% now realize their job is doable outside the office.
60% say their work-life balance has improved without a commute.
43% are more comfortable using technology.
20% report stronger relationships with colleagues.

PARENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

Compared to their peers without children, parents working from home are 3 times more likely to have grown closer to colleagues. They are also more likely to:

Rethink business travel
Worry about being in close proximity to others
Prefer increased telecommuting following the pandemic

RETURNING TO THE OFFICE: THE NEW NORMS

Top measures workers want their companies to take as a result of COVID-19:

79% Allowing employees to work from home more frequently; having better cleaning protocols (tie)
70% Holding fewer in-person meetings and trainings
55% Staggering employees’ work schedules
52% Requiring employees to wear masks
46% Changing the office layout

The Case for Personal Space

72% will rethink shaking hands with business contacts.
61% anticipate spending less time in common areas in the office.
59% will reconsider attending in-person business events
56% worry about being in close proximity to others at the office.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 1,000 workers normally employed in office environments in the U.S., conducted April 17-22, 2020.

© 2020 Robert Half. An Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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