Week 8: Indeed Pulse Survey Reveals Challenges with Working from Home Remain a Concern Among US Workers

Worries Over Financial Stability Have Seen the Largest Decline Over Last Eight Weeks 

AUSTIN, TX (May 13, 2020) —  Indeed, the world’s number one job site, released today the results from its eighth weekly survey of US workers and their concerns with COVID-19. Over the course of the pulse survey, concerns with the challenges faced while working from home have remained steady, coming in at 35% this week. These concerns include – but are not limited to – productivity, meeting goals, and navigating technology challenges. 

“Those who are able to work from home may be experiencing a number of different challenges in terms of productivity due to their individual living situations,” said Paul Wolfe, Indeed SVP of Human Resources. “Employees and managers should be empathetic with their team members as we navigate the everyday challenges of working from home. Many roles have never been done remotely prior to COVID-19, so there is a learning curve all around as we continue to adjust to these new working arrangements.”

Worries over contracting and spreading the virus have remained consistent for the last eight weeks as well. This week, 45% of respondents report being concerned with contracting COVID-19 at work, and 43% are worried about spreading the virus while working. These numbers have remained fairly steady over the course of the pulse survey, with 50% of respondents worried about contracting and 49% concerned with spreading the virus in the first week of survey results. 

Concerns with the economic impacts on American workers appear to level out this week. 48% of respondents report worrying about taking a financial hit this week, which is the same rate of response from last week’s survey, and down 14 points from its peak at 62% in week one. This response has seen the largest decrease in reported concern over the course of the eight weeks of pulse surveys among American workers. 

Indeed recently announced several new product features to help job seekers, including Virtual Hiring Events, remote work tag on jobs, and the ability to add #readytowork to your Indeed resume, indicating to employers that the job seeker is available to work any job now. You can learn more about these features here

To understand the evolving needs and anxieties of employees and job seekers right now, Indeed will survey 1,000 American workers weekly to determine their most pressing concerns with their careers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. New results will be released every Wednesday over the next several weeks.

Full survey results below, including the previous two weeks of data. For more information on this survey, please contact Kristen Gehring at kgehring@indeed.com. For tips and guides on handling work and job search during today’s pandemic, please see Indeed’s special COVID-19 Career Guide

Survey Methodology:

To conduct this study, Indeed will survey 1,000 US respondents each week over a 24-hour period for ten consecutive weeks. The weekly survey results are from those respondents who report that they are currently employed. 

 

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 SUMMARY TABLE OF VERY CONCERNED Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Wave 6 Wave 7 Wave 8
Taking a financial hit (reduced wages, less contract work, decreased paid time off) 35% 31% 33% 30% 29% 24% 24% 24%
Caring for loved ones (parents, relatives, pets) 27% 25% 27% 25% 23% 19% 19% 18%
Contracting COVID-19 in the workplace 26% 24% 31% 26% 28% 23% 24% 23%
Losing my job (impacts to my sector or the business where I work) 26% 24% 28% 26% 23% 22% 20% 21%
Spreading COVID-19 in the workplace 25% 26% 27% 26% 27% 25% 22% 21%
Maintaining my mental health (work/life balance, stress, social isolation) 22% 21% 25% 23% 24% 20% 21% 16%
Challenges of working from home (productivity, meeting goals, navigating technology) 19% 14% 17% 16% 17% 15% 15% 14%
Balancing childcare arrangements 16% 12% 16% 16% 15% 14% 14% 11%

 

SUMMARY TABLE OF VERY CONCERNED/CONCERNED Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Wave 6 Wave 7 Wave 8
Taking a financial hit (reduced wages, less contract work, decreased paid time off) 62% 56% 60% 60% 53% 52% 48% 48%
Caring for loved ones (parents, relatives, pets) 53% 51% 57% 53% 50% 44% 46% 40%
Contracting COVID-19 in the workplace 50% 46% 53% 52% 51% 47% 49% 45%
Spreading COVID-19 in the workplace 49% 47% 52% 51% 51% 49% 48% 43%
Maintaining my mental health (work/life balance, stress, social isolation) 48% 42% 53% 48% 50% 44% 46% 43%
Losing my job (impacts to my sector or the business where I work) 47% 42% 51% 48% 45% 44% 44% 41%
Challenges of working from home (productivity, meeting goals, navigating technology) 42% 34% 41% 40% 35% 35% 36% 35%
Balancing childcare arrangements 35% 26% 36% 34% 35% 29% 33% 28%

 

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