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Prepare for Returning to the Workplace 2020

Since releasing our Prepare for returning to the workplace survey in May, we’ve had almost 100 organizations globally use this template to help plan an effective transition back to the workplace. This means we have sufficient data to create a full benchmark, which requires a minimum of 20 companies and 20,000 responses. The insights we share below are based on the first 32,000 individual responses, and the data will be reviewed again once more surveys have been launched.

  • ~435k

    Questions answered

  • /
  • ~95

    Organizations

The data meet our criteria as being robust and reliable; unlikely to substantially change over time; and representative of the wider industry.
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Data provided by Culture Amp

Industry breakdown

  • Computer Software

    22%

  • Information Technology and Services

    6%

  • Apparel & Fashion

    5%

  • Food & Beverages

    5%

  • Insurance

    5%

  • Investment Management

    5%

  • Non-Profit Organization Management

    5%

  • Wholesale

    5%

  • Internet

    3%

  • Gambling & Casinos

    3%

  • Marketing and Advertising

    3%

  • Pharmaceuticals

    3%

Region breakdown

  • North America

    50%

  • Oceania

    19%

  • Asia

    15%

  • Europe

    13%

  • MEA

    1%

  • South America

    1%

How ready are employees to return to the workplace?

52% of employees feel ready to return to the workplace.

Overall Return Readiness

Return Readiness is defined using these 4 questions that capture how safe employees feel and how ready they are to return to the workplace.

I am confident I can make an effective transition back to the workplace

66%

I am confident that my transition back to the workplace will be straightforward

56%

I am looking forward to returning to the workplace

51%

I will feel safe being in the workplace when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

34%

We’ve found that overall Return Readiness is modest at 52%, though the index score is being heavily skewed by the more favorable responses to the item ‘I am confident I can make an effective transition back to the workplace. Whilst we don’t yet have sufficient data to benchmark the Return Readiness index by region, in EMEA we have noted that the outcome measure sits around 10 points lower than the global average (typically 30-40% favorability).

Which questions matter the most?

The data tells us that Support is an important feature in driving overall Return Readiness, both in terms of being able to transition with minimal disruption and being able to manage caring responsibilities. Feeling safe to travel, as well as using workplace facilities are also heavily impacting employee readiness to return.

1

I am feeling energized about returning to the workplace

49% favorable

Wellbeing
2

I am able to transition back to the workplace with minimal disruption to my usual routine/personal life

59% favorable

Support
3

I would feel safe using [Company]'s workplace facilities (e.g. gym, cafeteria, social areas) when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

38% favorable

Safety Measures
4

I am able to manage any caring responsibilities while transitioning back to work (e.g. child care, looking after dependents)

66% favorable

Support
5

I would feel comfortable traveling for work related purposes (e.g. attending offsite meetings) when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

31% favorable

Travel

Least favorable areas

People answering Prepare for Returning to the Workplace 2020 were least favorable about the following areas:

The data shows that items around travel and safety are the least favorable. Less than 1 in 3 would feel comfortable travelling for work and just a third would feel safe being in the office when restrictions are lifted

1

I would feel comfortable traveling for work related purposes (e.g. attending offsite meetings) when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

31% favorable

Travel
2

I would feel safe traveling to the workplace when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

37% favorable

Travel
3

I would feel safe using [Company]'s workplace facilities (e.g. gym, cafeteria, social areas) when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

38% favorable

Safety Measures

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