It’s an inter­est­ing time for the work­force as big changes are in store for every­one across the spec­trum of the pro­fes­sion­al land­scape. Every indus­try has been impact­ed COVID-19 and the con­tin­u­ous evo­lu­tion of the sit­u­a­tion, the econ­o­my and the work­place means that data and our under­stand­ing of all these things is shift­ing with it.

More reli­able than the data itself some­times is peo­ple thirst for more of it. We love our num­bers and there are no short­age of peo­ple look­ing to pro­vide it. Luck­i­ly, a good amount of that data ends up in our inbox!

So here are some of the lat­est work­force sur­veys that have caught our atten­tion and what sta­tis­tics you need to know as you look to address the issues with­in your own organization.

People Feel Isolated, but Want to Stay Home

Accord­ing to a recent sur­vey from Finance Buzz, around half of remote work­ers say they feel iso­lat­ed, but less 20% of them want to go back to the office.

The perks of remote work are becom­ing clear to employ­ees, with the abil­i­ty to work from any­where, flex­i­bil­i­ty of sched­ule and time saved from not com­mut­ing prov­ing to be the most uni­ver­sal of the bunch.

But at the same time, in addi­tion to feel­ings of iso­la­tion, employ­ees are find­ing it hard­er to build rela­tion­ships with co-work­ers, they strug­gle to sep­a­rate work time and per­son­al time and they aren’t get­ting enough face time with their lead­ers. Most of the issues can be addressed sim­ply by com­mit­ting to the prin­ci­ples that make oper­at­ing remote­ly different.

“Remote work is not tra­di­tion­al work which is sim­ply con­duct­ed in a home office instead of a com­pa­ny office,” says Dar­ren Murph, Head of Remote for Git­lab. “There is a nat­ur­al incli­na­tion for those who have not per­son­al­ly expe­ri­enced remote work to assume that the core (or only) dif­fer­ence between in-office work and remote work is loca­tion (in-office vs. out-of-office). This is inac­cu­rate, and if not rec­og­nized, can be dam­ag­ing to the entire prac­tice of work­ing remotely.”

Employers are Ready to Return Workers, but at What Pace?

Dyke­ma, a nation­al law firm for busi­ness­es, sur­veyed employ­ers ask­ing about their plans to return employ­ees to the office. One thing that became clear is their intent to do so. But what was less clear is how they plan to do it.

Accord­ing to the data, 58% were plan­ning to phase employ­ees back into the office over the course of a month. Mean­while, 21% want to get things back up and run­ning much quick­er than that, and anoth­er 21% say they won’t reopen until all Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) guide­lines have been met.  Only about half of all respon­dents have estab­lished a cri­te­ria for which employ­ees will return to the office.

How Prospects are Prepping for Your Interview

Employ­ee screen­ing and back­ground check ser­vice, JDP, released a new sur­vey look­ing at how can­di­dates pre­pare for job inter­views and the results reveal how vital it is to man­age dig­i­tal assets and the organization’s reputation.

On aver­age, prospects spend around sev­en hours research­ing a com­pa­ny before tak­ing an inter­view. As you might expect, they start by exam­in­ing the com­pa­ny web­site, search engine results for the com­pa­ny name, LinkedIn and Glass­door. Aside from look­ing at your rep­u­ta­tion, they want to know who your cus­tomers are, what kind of lead­er­ship the orga­ni­za­tion has, who your com­peti­tors are and last but not least, the finan­cial health of the company.

Around 64% look to research the per­son who will inter­view them. Their biggest fears include speak­ing in front of a group, not know­ing how to answer a ques­tion and look­ing ner­vous. Despite this, 63% do not do a mock inter­view with someone.

Automation is Expected Post COVID-19

It’s no sur­prise peo­ple believe automa­tion is on the way, with research show­ing that the biggest believ­ers fall into the 35–44 age group, accord­ing to research from glob­al busi­ness process out­sourc­ing firm SYKES. The sur­vey showed that in all, around 59% of par­tic­i­pants believe that COVID-19 will lead to more automation.

The find­ings expand upon pre­vi­ous research from SYKES that has shown peo­ple don’t fear automa­tion tak­ing their jobs. A Novem­ber report found that 73% of Amer­i­can work­ers said the idea of humans and automa­tion work­ing togeth­er inter­est­ed them and 68% said they would be more like­ly to apply to work for a com­pa­ny invest­ing in new automa­tion technologies.

By HR Exchange Net­work Edi­to­r­i­al Team

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