The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform all aspects of daily life as we know it. This Global Pause has brought the daily ritual of commuting to a standstill, apart from our country’s essential workers.
Cities, states, and organizations alike are looking into plans for reopening, but what impact will the pandemic play on employee experience? What are the downstream mental and behavioral health effects of prolonged isolation? How can you rebuild company culture after extended periods of remote work? What will our office spaces and parking lots look like when we go back to the workplace?
As the pandemic continues to evolve, we’ll be updating this post regularly with the latest news, opinions, and points-of-view from the Scoop team, industry experts, media, and health professionals to help you better understand COVID-19’s impact on your employees—both now and in the future.
What makes a safe workplace?
We know that the first step toward a safe return to the workplace is rooted in the commute—but what about when your people get to your office? With the stark reality setting in that there’s no such thing as “zero risk” there are still a number of measures organizations can take to prioritize safety and minimize exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible.
Does a plan to bring people back into workplaces start with regular employee testing? The Wall Street Journal explores why some medical advisers and heads of HR are pursuing the idea—as difficult as it may be.
Similarly, CNBC reports that organizations like Ferrari are rolling out voluntary blood tests and a lightweight policy to contact trace infections in an attempt to get people back into the workplace. Less than a quarter of employees have signed up to date, and Ferrari has offered to tailor insurance coverage to those who test positive.
To no one’s surprise, Jeff Bezos has an ambitious plan: test all Amazon employees worldwide for COVID-19. Bloomberg shares the measures Amazon is taking to curb the spread of the virus, and what lessons we can all learn from their initiatives.
Temperature checks at the front door. Company-branded personal protection equipment (PPE). Even more open offices. The Information rounds up a variety of ideas tech companies are considering to battle COVID-19 in their workplaces.
Why you should prioritize employee experience
Amidst layoffs, health concerns, and a radical departure from business as usual, how and why should you prioritize the employee experience? Culture Amp explores why now, more than ever, employers need to be listening to their people and responding with transparent communication.
Lack of a commute may be a detriment
Commutes, when done correctly, offer a psychological advantage to many workers. By allowing us to ease into “work mode” and ramp up our day, some commuting modes help us be more productive. But in the new age of working from home, many are struggling with the psychological impact of no commute. The University of Cambridge shares data on why working remotely is negatively affecting so many.
More layoffs looming?
Numerous online trackers have popped up monitoring layoffs across industries as a result of COVID-19, but a recent Gartner survey may be more telling about what’s to come: 62% of CFOs say they plan to cut at least some of their budgets this year.
Zoom fatigue is real
Working from home presents a slew of challenges, as millions of new WFH-ers can attest to—from childcare to caring for sick family members. For many, basic communication at work is presenting a new problem in the form of Zoom fatigue. The BBC explains why video chats drain us so much and how in tandem with the pandemic, they can create a perfect storm of stress.
Employee health and commuter benefits
As companies begin to rethink which employee benefits can drive impact, commuting concerns keep rising up the list. Employees view some modes of transit as higher exposure risks than others—so what can employers do to offer impactful commuter benefits in the time of a pandemic? The Wall Street Journal suggests to start by looking at carpooling.