“While early data suggests employees are just as productive working from home, and they value newfound flexibility, the jury is still out on the long-term effect of working remotely — including what’s been lost from the disappearance of in-person interactions, including coaching and mentoring,” Wright adds. “Considerations need to be given on how you configure office space, how you encourage certain work practices and how you can better support employee physical and mental wellbeing. Acting on these will be critical to building a strong organizational culture with a competitive advantage.”
Currently, three-quarters of respondents rate job satisfaction at least a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. And a further 48% of employees believe their company culture has improved since the beginning of the pandemic, with the utilities sector showing the highest positive change and those in transportation and healthcare rating among the lowest.
“Organizations will need to continue leveraging the reach of technology and the gains of flexibility to cultivate teaming and a culture that supports innovation and productivity, in both physical and virtual environments,” says Wright. “Because while nearly half have seen a positive change in culture, there’s still the remaining half that have seen no or negative change — and that needs to be addressed.”
Part of that culture shift is the expectation that employers be transparent, take a stand and actively enable health and safety. In fact, nearly two-thirds expect their company to require vaccinations of all employees before returning to physical workspaces.
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