Understanding How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Your Employees

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Unprecedented, a word thrown around in this year’s news broadcasts and even casual conversations, more than ever before. It is unprecedented that a virus would sweep across our globe and impact every system we depend on. It is unprecedented how quickly the world had to go into a lockdown and shift all interactions to being at a distance or virtual. It is unprecedented that the sight of shipping trucks full of vaccines leaving a fulfillment center would move people to tears.

Approaching a year after the COVID-19 virus started spreading around the world, we are still feeling and seeing impacts of the virus on the world. Even those who have not contracted the virus are suffering their own version of pandemic fatigue. From shifting to working from home and creating new work-life balance practices, to limiting social and physical contact with other people, employees and employers alike are seeing an unprecedented shift in how work gets done and how collaboration happens that needs to be recorded and assessed to best account for it in workplace and company practices and culture.

OSG offers PxidaTX, a Talent Engagement product utilizing unique behavioral analytics technology for when workplaces need to gather and analyze feedback from employees. Workplaces can use PxidaTX to build customized employee surveys by adapting template surveys to best suit your business and understand performance in the eyes of your employees A tool like this, especially our Insights Assistant tool, would be able to gather and assess the priorities of your employees to better understand their current situations and how they would like to move forward.

 

Working Remotely and Digitally

When the pandemic took hold of the world, necessary lockdowns caused workplaces to quickly change tack to having their employees have limited physical contact with each other or work from their homes rather than coming into their workplace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “26 percent of workers who teleworked in July was down from 31 percent in June and 35 percent in May,” which was specified as respondents who were teleworking specifically due to the pandemic. For more than a quarter of 2020, a third of the employed population was teleworking who were not previously.

Along with the shift to working remotely came a shift to digital collaboration and so many video calls. Many workers not used to remote work suddenly working outside of their shared office space with teammates and colleagues can also shift the connection employees have with each other. Teamwork, and work in general, looks and feels different when collaboration is done over a distance or virtually. This feeling is highlighted by a study done by Stanford which found that only 51% of those who said they could work from home did so with an efficiency rate of 80 percent or more. The environment for work looks different, so the work itself shifts in its execution.

The quick pace at which workplaces that could flip their work model to remote and digital work did so shows the strength and flexibility of the global workforce, and now the question is whether those workplaces will ever transition back to working together in-person, as well as what that transition and workplace will look like after nearly a year of remote and distanced work across many fields.

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