New Survey of the American Worker Sheds Light on Working Through the Pandemic

June 11th, 2020 in Healthcare

Organizations that inspire loyalty and trust are the ones that provide solid leadership during a crisis, a new survey from Prudential shows.

The coronavirus pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to take the pulse of the American workforce on a number of topics during a high-stress time with an uncertain future looming.

The survey, entitled The Pulse of the American Worker Survey: Living the Future of Work, was conducted between April 29 and May 6 on behalf of Prudential by the firm Morning Consult. The research project captured the responses of 2,050 full-time workers on a variety of issues affecting work during the pandemic.

Here are just a few of the key findings:

  • 55% of workers are working remotely at least some of the time during the pandemic.
  • Only about a quarter (26%) say their employer offered a remote-work option before the pandemic.
  • More than 6 in 10 respondents say the way Americans work will never be the same.
  • 46% say they’ve had pandemic-related stress that’s negatively impacted their work.
  • Nearly 6 in 10 report they’ll change their personal behavior at work to limit contact with people.
  • 66% indicate their worksite needs to be reworked to create more personal space.
  • 49% of workers believe open offices/workspaces are no longer conducive to their health and wellness.
  • 50% want employers to limit the number of in-person meetings once the pandemic is over.
  • In response to questions about remote-work challenges, employees cite distractions and isolation; only 18% report inadequate technology as a challenge.
  • 59% say they feel as productive working remotely as they do at the worksite.
  • As to the future of remote work, 54% of those surveyed say they’d like to work remotely in the future. Among those already working remotely, the percentage rose to 68%.
  • The majority (74%) of those surveyed rate their employer’s response to the pandemic at a B or higher. Half felt more committed to their employer because of its pandemic response.
  • 27% of survey participants are concerned they will not have the skills for the jobs that will be available once the economy starts back up.
  • When it comes to learning, 49% say they are more likely to use online programs to learn based on their experience during the pandemic, while 44% report they’ve spent time learning a new skill during the pandemic.

For a look at the full results, download Prudential’s The Pulse of the American Worker Survey: Living the Future of Work.