Workforce Institute Tweet Chat: Employees Share Top COVID-19 Concerns for the Workplace

Today’s post comes to us from the executive director of The Workforce Institute, Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.

Last week we hosted a tweet chat to discuss our recent research focused on how employees are feeling about work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were joined by a number of our board members, as well as guest tweeters with an interest in workplace issues. Following are the questions we posed to our participants. You can see the full transcript of our conversation below.

  1. Only 20% of employees worldwide feel their organizations met their needs during the initial months of COVID-19. How can organizations better prepare for future crises?
  2. 33% of employees globally say they trust their employer more now than before the pandemic. Why do you think that is?
  3. Employee fatigue and burnout are top concerns for many organizations, but that concern is intensified in the midst of a pandemic. How can organizations better help employees avoid burnout during this time?
  4. Gen Zers and Millennials are more open to contact tracing and rapid notifications regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases at work than their older colleagues. What can be done to get Gen Xers and Boomers more comfortable with today’s essential technologies?
  5. Office cleanliness is a top concern for employees going forward, but they’re equally concerned with using shared common areas and workspaces. How do you think office spaces will change in a post-pandemic world?
  6. A primary regret for C-level leaders is that they didn’t communicate to employees sooner or more transparently when the pandemic began. In the future, how can leaders better communicate during a crisis?
  7. Three in 10 employees and business leaders wished their organization better leveraged technology to provide flexibility. Moving forward, what kind of technology can organizations adopt to better support their employees’ needs?
  8. How do you think the COVID-19 pandemic will change the workplace for good?

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