A third of British workers left feeling disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19

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Written by Jon Kennard on 2 July 2020 in Press Zone
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A third of British workers are left feeling disconnected from company culture during COVID-19, according to research from Achievers.

Leading global employee recognition specialist Achievers surveyed 3,000 workers in the UK, U.S. and Australia (1,000 respondents per country). UK survey findings reveal:

How connected UK respondents feel towards company culture and colleagues during COVID-19

  • 33% are less connected

  • 31% are more connected

  • 36% said that it has stayed the same

Men in the UK feel the most disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19

  • 36% of men

  • 31% of women

Gen Z in the UK feel the most disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19

  • 40% of Gen Z (18-24)

  • 35% of Millennials (25-34)

  • 34% of Gen X (35-54)

  • 25% of Baby Boomers (55+)

Jon Maddison, Managing Director EMEA at Achievers comments: “It is an incredibly mixed picture in terms of how employees feel the lockdown has impacted the connections with work and colleagues. These findings should underline for HR leads that employees are experiencing the new world of work in very different ways and companies will need a nuanced, flexible and supportive response.”

“It’s particularly interesting to see that a greater proportion of younger people were feeling disconnected – and a little counterintuitive as you may assume they would be more at home with collaboration and virtual conferencing technology.

"It is easy to forget though that resilience comes from experience and those who have been through the last recession, or the many before that, may be able to cope with this shock better than younger counterparts.

“However, this lockdown situation is unprecedented in modern times, and companies need to consider carefully how they engage employees and keep them motivated with such high percentages of the workforce feeling disconnected." 

 

Find out more about Achievers’ recognition platform here.