The COVID-19 pandemic had a tremendous effect on employee perceptions of U.S. workplace culture, according to CultureIQ’s Global Workforce Culture Survey (GWCS). During the March 20 to April 1 survey period, the nation saw a sharp rise in positive cases and business closures. GWCS findings suggest that compared to the prior two years (preceding the outbreak) employees in the current survey:
Positive perceptions of work-life balance are now at an all-time high, likely due to the large number of employees working remotely and having a reduced workload.
Conversely, the COVID19 pandemic adversely affected perceptions of safety, long-term planning, and talent development. There was also a marked difference between employees with advanced degrees (who were more likely to be salaried and able to do their office work remotely) and those with high school or some college education (who were more likely
to be hourly and either still going to work or unable to work). The educated safe-at-home employees were more positive in general than in prior years, particularly in the sense of dignity that they felt from work; however, employees with less formal education were are a higher risk of exposure to the disease and had less positive perceptions than in prior years.