A survey shows a third of HR experts say employee engagement is up since the pandemic began, though many of the experts report continuing stress around government guidance, work life balance issues and unrealistic expectations from employers.
Around a third HR experts report that engagement levels have gone up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research from employment specialists XpertHR.
Nevertheless, HR experts report that they themselves are facing continuing stress due to changing and unclear government guidance, unrealistic expectations set by some employers and work life balance issues.
The survey of 264 HR professionals found that:
The survey also found just one in five HR professionals (20.8%) now say that all or almost all of their work is driven by the crisis – less than half the number (42.8%) saying this was the case in XpertHR’s first pandemic-related survey on 2nd April, and down from one in three (32.2%) on 16th April.
Since then, XpertHR says HR has been focusing on engaging employees, with widespread initiatives to provide regular business updates and messages from senior management; Issue wellbeing and mental health guidance to those stuck at home; offer practical tips on homeworking; and organise virtual social activities.
Asked how they would describe current levels of employee engagement in their organisations today:
The survey found that HR professionals were working hard to promote engagement and recognise employees’ efforts as the lockdown continues. Approaches cited by participants in the research include: