Nearly 2 in 3 Employees Consider a Job Change during the Outbreak If They Felt Employer Was Not Sufficiently Protecting Workers

May 8, 202010:58 am420 views
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Despite the growing number of unemployment globally, some employees still believe that company’s commitment towards health is way more important than the job itself.

According to recent survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh, majority of employed Americans (62 percent) say they would consider looking for a new job during the COVID-19 outbreak if they felt their current company was not doing enough to protect their employees. Among the efforts that should be done by employers include providing hand sanitizer, allowing employees to work from home, as well as enforcing social distancing.

More than half (51 percent) employees surveyed would consider changing jobs during the pandemic to work for a company that is actively making a difference to help the situation (e.g., adapting its capabilities to help create supplies currently in demand, donating money). Only half (47 percent) say working in the current COVID-19 outbreak has made them reconsider if they’re in the right job.

“These survey results tell us an important story about not just how employed Americans feel about their jobs during an unprecedented crisis but how it impacts those companies looking to hire,” said Emmett McGrath, President of Yoh. “These results show that it’s more critical than ever that companies looking to hire show the steps they’re taking – and have historically taken – to care for their employees’ well-being.

“To survive COVID-19 and the new normal we face once the pandemic ends, companies must show they’re protecting employees with recommended safety measures, competitive benefits and open avenues of communication.”

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Additional findings of this survey include:

Younger employed Americans are more open to job changes than their older counterparts. Of those 44 and under, 69 percent say they would consider changing jobs during the coronavirus outbreak if they felt their current company was not doing enough to protect employees. For those 45 and older, only 52 percent percent agree.
Those with children in the household are more open to job changes and interested in corporate responsibility compared to those without children at home.
66 percent of those with children in the household vs. 58 percent without would consider changing jobs during the coronavirus outbreak if they felt their current company was not doing enough to protect their employees.
57 percent of those with children in the household vs. 56 percent without would consider changing jobs during the coronavirus outbreak to work for a company that is actively making a difference to help the situation.
54 percent of those with children in the household vs. 40 percent without say working in the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has made them reconsider if they are in the right job.

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