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Leesman: 4 crisis areas facing employers in lockdown

As work cultures come under renewed strain from ongoing lockdowns and the wait for vaccines to reach enough people, global employee experience expert Leesman has spelled out the pressure points facing employers and employees.

London-based Leesman has been measuring the impact of the unprecedented home working experiment since April. Its home and office data survey in Q3 2020 was produced with 22,000 respondents in more than 200 workplaces.

Tim Oldman, CEO and founder of Leesman, said his team has identified “four crisis areas”:

  1. Learning and development programmes critical to continued skills building and career progression
  2. Commitment and behaviours critical to the employer’s mission and shaped by its corporate culture
  3. Work-life balance critical to the employee’s performance and job satisfaction, and
  4. Wellbeing, which is essential to the individual’s comfort and health and therefore essential to the employer

Oldman continued: “With one in three employees feeling disconnected from their employer, organisations need to know how their employees’ experiences, attitudes and expectations have changed and how they are continuing to change. Understanding where a person works and how they work will help employers determine the level of support their people need during this next challenging period.”

Leesman’s ‘Your workplace of the future’ report sets out to help companies that are still “struggling to shape and drive corporate culture in these testing times”.

According to the study’s findings there are four areas of activity where you should be looking for data to make the right decisions for your organisation:

  1. Understanding home working settings
  2. Activity complexity – how many work activities are entailed by one’s role
  3. How collaborative versus how individual the role is
  4. Home v Office. The quality of the workplace employees left behind is a strong predictor of their desire to work remotely after Covid-19

Oldman concluded: “With one in three employees feeling disconnected from their employer, organisations need to know how their employees’ experiences, attitudes and expectations have changed and how they are continuing to change. Understanding where a person works and how they work will help employers determine the level of support their people need during this next challenging period.”

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