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June 24, 2020

Data Deep-Dive on COVID and the Workplace

Data Deep-Dive on COVID and the Workplace

The last three months have been a whirlwind of facts and fiction as it relates to COVID-19 and how to safely live and work in our communities.

We’ve pulled together a list of insightful data from credible research institutions to help us understand the impact and opinions around COVID-19 and reentering the workplace and on the professional and personal lives of employees around the country.

Personal Pulse

  • About nine-in-ten U.S. adults (91%) say that, given the current situation, they would feel uncomfortable attending a crowded party.
  • Roughly three-quarters (77%) would not want to eat out at a restaurant. In the midst of a presidential election year
  • about two-thirds (66%) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a polling place to vote.
  • More than half of all U.S. adults (55%) say they have prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus.
  • Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they feel comfortable proceeding with a variety of activities despite the coronavirus outbreak. For example, 69% of Republicans and people who lean toward the GOP say they would be comfortable visiting with a close friend or family member at their home, compared with 55% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.
  • Most adults under 30 say they are uncomfortable eating out at a restaurant (73%) or going to a crowded party (87%). Young adults are more likely than their elders to say they have used a food delivery service due to the outbreak.
  • Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their personal life has changed at least a little bit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with 44% saying their life has changed in a major way. Just 12% say their life has stayed about the same as it was before the outbreak.
  • More than half of those with higher incomes (54%) say this has changed their life in a major way, compared with 44% of those with middle incomes and 39% of those with lower incomes.

Workplace Pulse

  • Four in ten (40%) working-age adults – those ages 18 to 64 – say they have worked from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
  • 17% of workers are not able to work remotely and are still going into work.
  • 15% of workers are not able to work remotely and are not working.
  • 12% of workers want to work from home full time.
  • 30% of workers want a flexible work arrangement.
  • 74% of workers say people is what they miss about the office.
  • 55% say collaboration from home is more difficult.
  • About six in 10 (60%) managers currently report that the people they manage are allowed to work from home and (52%) say they will allow their employees to work remotely more often as a result of this experience.
  • 64% of Americans think the internet and phones will help but are not a replacement for face-to-face encounters.
  • 62% of workers with a bachelor’s degree or more education have jobs that could be performed remotely.
  • In 2019, only 7% of civilian workers in the United States had access to a “flexible workplace” benefit, or telework.

What now? Knowing the facts and knowing how your own team feels, what is the best next step for you? If you need more data, we’re here to help. We’ve created a complete Workplace Assessment that includes:

  • Culture & productivity survey analyzing WFH + WFO
  • Virtual or actual walk-through of your office space(s)
  • Contact tracing
  • Employee floor plan mapping
  • Technology review
  • Lease(s) review

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*Gensler’s work from home survey, May 26, 2020

*Statista poll conducted early April 2020

*Pew Center for Research


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