As offices across the UK take their first cautious steps to re-open following the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research by Ipsos MORI shows two in five employees (40%) have concerns about job security. Similar numbers are pessimistic about the security of their company (41%).
At the same time, the overwhelming majority of employees agree with the view that: “My company has a responsible approach and is behaving in an exemplary manner during this crisis” (81%). Four in five also say they have confidence in the decisions taken by their company’s management (79%) and express pride in working for their company (80%).
Those who have worked remotely over the past three months say their evaluation of remote working is positive (86%) - even if they recognise that their ability to work in a team and their motivation are deteriorating rather than improving while working from home.
Four in five (79%) say their company has adapted well to the current context, and a plurality agree that the current crisis is an opportunity to accelerate the transformation of their company (48%, with 33% in disagreement).
Ellie Shaw, Head of the Employee Engagement practice of Ipsos MORI, said
The government has to address the delicate balance between public health and financial concerns. Our research shows employees feel their employers have behaved well so far; it remains to be seen whether this view remains widely shared after the ending of the furlough scheme and as companies grapple with the financial damage caused by this pandemic.
This study is part of wider Ipsos research conducted by our specialist Employee Engagement Practice. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have conducted surveys across the world; in the US, France, Germany and Switzerland, and have comparables across markets including data on remote working. Please get in touch with Ellie Shaw or Brian Gosschalk for further information.
This survey was conducted online by Ipsos MORI. Fieldwork took place between 28 April and 05 May. 800 adults were interviewed with quotas set to represent the UK working population aged between 18 and 70 years old.