High confidence and morale despite COVID-19 among UK workforce

Nine-tenths of employees feel just as self-disciplined or more since working from home and reassured their employers are doing everything they can to protect the personal safety of them and their colleagues.

This information comes from Toluna and Harris Interactive, two providers of consumer intelligence, who found that 90 per cent of employees believe their employers are doing everything they can to protect their staff as well as feeling just as disciplined whilst remote working.

The research also found 70 per cent of employees feel confident in their organisation’s communications about the pandemic and 77 per cent feel their company was somewhat prepared to handle a crisis before COVID-19 started to spread.

Even though certain employees have lost their job or been furloughed, over half (58 per cent) still feel motivated to do their best work and 64 per cent feel committed to achieving what their organisation is trying to do.

Just under two-thirds (61 per cent) still feel just as productive compared to when they were working in the office prior to the spread of COVID-19. With 94 per cent saying they have had the proper tools and technology provided by their employer to work effectively from home. This is a problem that tends to arise with remote working as employees have to use the technology they have never used before.

Vijay Mistry, head of employee experience research for Harris Interactive and Toluna, said:

It’s clear from our findings that, while UK employees have concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the new working from home landscape, they are adapting successfully and are even increasingly committed to their company’s goals. Businesses must remember that consistent and accurate communication is paramount to employee engagement, personal wellbeing and, in turn, productivity levels. This is where an organisation’s shared values and strong culture will shine through, ensuring the business survives during difficult times.

The research was carried out by surveying 598 employees in the UK.