2 out of 3 U.S. Workers Are Anxious About Returning to the Workplace According to New Poll from E-Learning Company Articulate
Concerns surrounding social distancing, mask etiquette, and shared facilities fuel discomfort; findings inspire free course, “Coping With Stress and Uncertainty,” to ease transition back to the workplace
64% of U.S. workers are anxious about returning to the workplace according to a survey conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Articulate Global, Inc., from May 11-13, 2020, among 1,100 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Articulate—makers of Rise.com, an all-in-one system that makes online training easy to create, enjoyable to take, and simple to manage—conducted the survey to understand how employees are preparing for the gradual reopening of workplaces.
What’s fueling this anxiety? According to the poll, 59% of those who are anxious to return to work once stay-at-home orders are lifted say the potential inability to maintain social distance with coworkers and customers are leading concerns. Sharing a bathroom (40%) and displeasure with wearing a facial mask (38%) were other sources of discomfort.
In addition to their unease about returning to the workplace, many of those working from home due to COVID-19 have yet to receive information and guidelines about workplace behavior in “the new normal.” As of the survey date, only 33% of those who work from home due to COVID-19 say their employer has shared a plan and trained them on how they will return to the workplace safely.
Addressing Stress and Uncertainty
To address these key concerns raised by survey respondents, Articulate launched a free Rise.com course titled, “Coping With Stress and Uncertainty.” The course features lessons on why coping in a crisis is challenging, as well as how to understand your stress response and emotional triggers.
“We know it’s critical to provide uniform training to a distributed workforce, especially in times like these,” said Articulate President Lucy Suros. “Following on our well-received COVID-19 course released in early March, this free Rise.com resource helps overwhelmed and overburdened employers deliver training quickly and at no cost to support their employees during these uncertain times.”