A New Workplace: What’s on Your Employees’ Minds?

For employers who wish to retain and engage all employees to achieve essential work initiatives, despite workplace disruptions from the abrupt move to mass remote working, a flurry of recent surveys offers noteworthy considerations.

KPMG’s survey of American workers finds significant differences between remote-working employees and those who are reporting to work in-person.

  • While 91% of remote workers approve of their employer’s handling of the Covid-19 challenges, only 72% of in-person workers approve.
  • Employees allowed to remote work report overall higher levels of satisfaction with their employers, job satisfaction, and productivity.
  • Workers who must report in-person and essential workers, however, do not feel as valued by their employers, are less happy at work, and believe workplace culture has worsened.

Another survey from flexjobs and Mental Health America finds that 40% of employees report burnout during the remote work response to Covid-19; 18% report struggling with mental health issues. 56% of employees indicate their HR leaders do not welcome conversations about burnout.

Similar short-comings are found in a survey of engineering industry employers; only 21% of leaders have plans to address employee burnout and 32% for loneliness, despite the negative consequences these have on employee productivity and wellness.

Despite all the disruption, a Mercer survey of employers finds that 94% report that productivity has remained the same or has improved since employees were sent home to work.

Taken together, it is clear that employers who wish to address the new realities of the workplace in 2020 and 2021 would be well-served by a newly-expanded strategic approach to employee well-being. For help with finding out what’s on your employee’s minds, contact us. Employers Council offers surveys and expertise to support your efforts to engage and retain your workforce.