Executives and their employees have different perceptions about how their companies have handled the COVID-19 crisis, a recent survey by Silk Road Technology suggests.

The poll, which interviewed 1,500 office workers and 500 C-Suite executives, found that 86 per cent of executives thought their company “demonstrated commitment to their employees in 2020.” Meanwhile, 2 in 5 of the workers interviewed said they plan to resign based on how their company has handled the crisis.

Some of the biggest issues identified by employees were training, which 52 per cent of non-executives felt they didn’t receive enough of, and uncertainty. About 56 per cent of non-execs said they still have unanswered questions about their responsibilities.

The survey doesn’t say what types of careers employees are considering jumping ship for, but a separate, online poll conducted in October 2020 found about one-quarter of the 9,755 respondents have been considering a career change since the pandemic, and 2 in 5 female-identifying participants disclosed they’re interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field.

The past year has been unchartered waters for executives and employees, with remote work and video conferencing becoming the norm overnight.

For some, the working-at-home arrangement has posed some challenges, but a pair of recent surveys suggest a majority of employees enjoy being out of the office and want the remote option to continue after the pandemic has passed.

According to the surveys, conducted by Research Co. and LiveCareer respectively, 80 per cent of Canadian workers and 61 per cent of workers in the U.S. now favour remote offices. The Canadian stat is noteworthy, representing a 15 per cent jump since April, HR Reporter says.

Loneliness, reduced collaboration, and troubles with disconnecting after work were cited as the biggest remote challenges, but participants in the LiveCareer survey cited several benefits as well, including improved work-life balance, more flexibility, and an increase in productivity.

Some employees are using ‘tricks’ to stay motivated, including taking ‘fake commutes‘ — getting up and going for a walk or jog around the block before logging in, or hopping in the car and grabbing a drive-thru coffee, only to turn around and head home again — to maintain a work-life boundary.

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