New data is highlighting the impact that the pandemic continues to have in the workplace.
According to a new survey by Beamery, 59% of American office workers are considering quitting their job this year. 71% of respondents say that it is due to poor leadership and management. The survey also found that men are more likely to have considered leaving their job in the last 12 months due to how their employer handled issues surrounding the pandemic than women (64% vs 49%).
Toll on Promotability and Skill Progression
The survey revealed the toll that the pandemic workplace has taken on skill sets, promotions, culture and feelings of value at work.
- More than one-third of respondents reported feeling isolated or undervalued at work due to their company’s approach to working from home.
- This is coupled with the fact that 64% of respondents believe that a lack of ‘face time’ with their employer during this time has hindered their chance at a promotion.
- 78% of respondents believed that working from home due to Covid-19 has had an impact on their personal development and progression in the workplace and 74% cited that company culture has suffered as a result.
“On the heels of much change over the past year, employers no doubt face continued uncertainty in the months to come in anticipation of significant talent shifts,” said Abakar Saidov, co-founder and CEO of Beamery. “With this, there is a significant opportunity for employers to reimagine their talent approaches and respond to their employees’ concerns — investing in their talent with skill development opportunities, ensuring clear career journeys are in place, and establishing more camaraderie with teams. When deployed effectively, technology can empower organizations to successfully and consistently engage with talent and improve the talent experience to ensure every employee feels valued in their organization.”
American Employees More Dissatisfied than their UK Counterparts
The dissatisfaction of American workers becomes even more clear when comparing responses from 1,000 American workers versus 1,000 British workers. The survey found that:
- Americans are more likely to believe the lack of ‘face time’ they’ve had with their employer over the last 12 months has hindered their promotion opportunities (64% vs 43% of Brits).
- Americans are more likely to believe working from home due to Covid-19 has had an impact on their personal development and progression in the workplace (78% vs 55% of Brits).
- Americans are more likely to believe their company culture has suffered as a result of working from home (74% vs 60% of Brits).
- Americans are more likely to have considered leaving their job in the last 12 months due to how their employer handled issues surrounding the pandemic (57% vs 44% of Brits).
“The workplace landscape is changing, and talent pools are no longer limited to the geography,” explained Saidov. “The companies at the forefront of their categories are actively assessing and transforming their talent management strategies to map to this new reality, and they will continue to lead as competition for talent across sectors heats up.”
Beamery’s Talent Index 2021 report and survey findings were conducted in partnership with Atomik Research. The survey results were gathered online from April 8-12, 2021 among 1,000 office workers in the US. The survey also compared how different genders, age groups and geographic regions viewed their workplace’s pandemic response. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code.