Nine in 10 employees stressed about returning to office post lockdown: Survey

Bengaluru: An overwhelming 93 per cent of employees are anxious about returning to office because they fear their health may be compromised, reveals a survey by health-tech community product FYI and MindMap Advance Research.

As India Inc prepares for offices to open post the lockdown, the survey assesses the anxiety level of employees and shows a strong desire to do what’s right by their co-workers by complying to new health monitoring compliances, along with a high degree of awareness of changes in routine that await them. The survey suggests that employees expect their employers to take responsibility of ensuring a healthy and safe environment for them.

The new normal of a post-pandemic world has raised the expectations employees have of their employer towards their health.

An overwhelming 99 per cent said that they would like to see a system of corporate health responsibility (CHR) made mandatory for employers, just like there is a system of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Nearly 85 per cent expect their employers to sanitise the office space, implement and enforce safety guidelines and advisories and seek out new and innovative ways to protect their health while they are in office.

These expectations are balanced by a recognition among employees that it would require them to participate in efforts that employers take to make their health a priority. Eight in 10 respondents said that they would agree to participate in measures that require them to be monitored, while 18 per cent said that they would comply if the privacy of their data was assured.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has very quickly served as a tipping point to unprecedented change in the mindset and attitudes of people, to both life and work. Our survey informs India Inc of the new priorities they would need to juggle when it comes to the health and safety of their employees,” said Yeishan Goel, co-founder, FYI.

The survey was carried out in the last week of April 2020, and was conducted by MindMap Advance Research with 560 India Inc employees across small, medium and large enterprises in major metro cities of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

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