Both employees (84%) and employers (79%) identify the adoption of digital workplace tools as critical to the future work experience. They also agree that health and safety in the workplace are new priorities: employees rank this as a top five concern, and 86% of employers plan to enhance workplace safety. Employees rank online or virtual learning as their top learning and development focus, and almost two-thirds (64%) of employers are looking to strengthen virtual learning.
However, the survey responses reveal that employers and employees are not aligned in all areas. Perhaps predictably, while almost 4 in 10 (38%) employees want to see bonuses for improved work efforts, 77% of employers think there will be moderate to extensive reductions to workplace costs. In business travel, employers see yet another opportunity to cut costs, with 74% planning to limit most types of company travel, while 76% of employees would like to continue traveling for business.