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Prepare for Returning to the Workplace Survey Global January 2021

The Prepare for returning to the workplace survey helps organizations understand how their employees are feeling about returning, their knowledge of safety measures in place, and how this may differ by particular demographics (e.g., those with caregiving responsibilities). The following insights are from surveys completed in 2020 (starting in May when the survey was launched). In 2021 we have updated the survey, which you can learn more about in the support guide.

  • ~1.7m

    Questions answered

  • /
  • ~700

    Organizations

The data meet our criteria as being robust and reliable; unlikely to substantially change over time; and representative of the wider industry. Read more about the methodology.

Data provided by Culture Amp

Industry breakdown

  • Computer Software

    12%

  • Information Technology and Services

    10%

  • Internet

    8%

  • Financial Services

    7%

  • Marketing and Advertising

    3%

  • Nonprofit Organization Management

    3%

  • Hospital & Health Care

    2%

  • Real Estate

    2%

Region breakdown

  • North America

    51%

  • Europe

    21%

  • Oceania

    18%

  • Asia

    6%

  • MEA

    2%

  • South America

    1%

How ready are employees to return to the workplace?

About half of employees are ready to return.

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

64%

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

55%

I am looking forward to returning to the workplace

48%

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

39%

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.

Which questions matter the most?

The data tell us that employee's perceptions around travelling is intertwined with their overall Return Readiness, those that are ready to travel are ready to return and vice versa. Additionally, the amount of disruption the employee expects to their routine is a key factor, taken in combination with the remote working questions it seems employees have become accustomed to their new work routines.

1

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

42% favorable

Safety Measures
2

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

53% favorable

Support
3

I am feeling energized about returning to the workplace

45% favorable

Wellbeing
4

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

36% favorable

Travel
5

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

38% favorable

Travel

Least favorable areas

People answering Prepare for Returning to the Workplace Survey Global January 2021 were least favorable about the following areas:

The data shows that items around travel and safety are the least favorable. About a third would feel comfortable travelling for work and and only 38% would feel safe being in the office when restrictions are lifted at the end of 2020

1

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

36% favorable

Travel
2

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

38% favorable

Travel
3

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

42% favorable

Safety Measures

Insights data provided by Culture Amp. For a complete overview of 2021 Insights (Culture Amp Platform benchmarks) visit the Culture Amp Support Guide.

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