New Study Reveals 84% of Employees Concerned About Returning to the Physical Workplace During COVID-19 Pandemic

Traction Guest, the global leader in cloud-based enterprise visitor management systems (VMS), announced research that reveals the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employee safety and security as employees return to the workplace. Despite intentions of returning to onsite operations in 2020, many employees remain concerned about their organization’s plans to ensure their health and safety. In June 2020, Traction Guest did a two-part survey consisting of 300 employees and 300 enterprise risk management, physical security and facilities management professionals in companies with at least 1,000 employees.

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Employee fears rise as workplaces reopen: new study from @TractionGuest reveals 84% of employees are worried about returning to the physical workplace during COVID-19 #pandemic

“As people return to the workplace, enterprises must create a safe environment that reassures employees that their health and wellbeing are protected and a top priority,” said Keith Metcalfe, CEO of Traction Guest. “In light of COVID-19, organizations face challenges in rebuilding employee resilience, trust and communication patterns. This has sparked a massive shift in how businesses think about employees’ physical safety. That’s not just employee to employee, but employee to customer, employee to vendor and employee to partner. All of those interactions suddenly carry new levels of risk.”

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Employee concerns rise as physical workplaces reopen

The Traction Guest survey found that 84% of employees are somewhat or very concerned about going to their organization’s office, warehouse or physical worksite for the remainder of 2020. A similar number (85%) of respondents cited that their physical health and safety in the workplace is a greater consideration now than before the pandemic.

Despite growing concerns amongst employees, 15% reportedly do not know if their company has introduced new technology to help ensure employee health and safety. Another 39% of employees cited that their company has not introduced any new health and safety technology, leaving a large number of employees at risk.

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