We’re closing in on two months of social distancing and, for some, a shelter-in-place order. It has been a roller coaster of emotions — uncertainty being at the forefront.
Now, with many team members operating remotely, we’ve been hyper-focused on how we can stay connected to our teams. Even before the crisis, connection was certainly the foundation of our business, but now it seems to tip the highlight reel of every blog post and article we see on social media. At BU, we are fortunate enough to have a team that lives this value out with immense purpose and pride. Since the banning of social gatherings, our team has grown stronger, connected deeper, and become more intentional with our interactions. As a whole, we are more bonded.
When the pandemic hit, we wanted to provide a tool for organizations to check-in with their people and ensure they were providing their teams with the support they needed. So, we built a pulse survey.
The survey was designed to be sent out multiple times — to check the pulse of an organization. The first round of results are rolling in from over 50 companies, representing most major industries. Here’s what we’re seeing:
The vast majority of responses are positive and optimistic.
90% of respondents said they feel connected to their team while working remotely
82% felt confident their job was secure
95% felt their manager was communicating regularly, and with the right amount of information
93% had the proper support and resources to work remotely
The initial results show most people are feeling connected to their teams as they work remotely. This isn’t surprising to us since many organizations have made a point to support their team members through transitioning to a new normal, investing in video conference software platforms, and rolling out connection activities to keep engagement high and face-to-face interactions intact.
Early results only tell a portion of the story, but we see some common themes of optimism and hope from the organizations that were already leading with connection.
BU is going to keep this blog updated as data continues to roll in on how teams are continuing to adjust to the new normal.
If you’re curious to know how your teams are feeling and how you can help them stay connected in these uncertain times, you can access our free pulse survey here.
Already using the survey? Don’t forget to send out your second link. Getting continued results will help inform your people strategy while giving your teams the confidence they need to keep moving forward with you.