Engaging employees during the Coronavirus pandemic
The COVID-19 global outbreak has transformed work and life, creating new challenges for employees and employers. Organizations need to focus on how to improve employee well-being and engagements levels is key to helping employees and organisations navigate this new reality.
About this survey
Information about COVID-19 began to reach Poland at the turn of December 2019 and January 2020.

On January 24, the first confirmed cases of infection were recorded in Europe and in Poland. Since March 4th till June 18th 31 015 cases of people infected with coronavirus have been reported.
On March 16, the Polish government decided to close schools, and gradually other public facilities - restaurants, beauty salons, hair salons, and even banned entering the forests. Onwards wearing masks outdoor was obligatory.

All the schools got closed and most companies switched to remote work.




The government co-financed parental leave for employees who have children up to 8 years old so they could stay at home with them. There were also supporting programs for entrepreneurs, provided by the government.


They constituted a drop in the ocean of most of the problems that entrepreneurs had to face. The event/conference/hotel and restaurant industry were particularly affected by the situation and could not function in any way.
The report is designed to diagnose in what state the pandemic has left CulinaryOn customers and propose some solutions that can help restore relative "normality."


SUMMARY OF RESPONDENTS' PROFILE


The main group of respondents were top-level managers and owners of the businesses from small and medium-sized companies.
Several industries were surveyed, but the largest number of respondents came from IT, Advertising or PR agencies.


Business operation


Disruption of the overall functioning of the company by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions are observed by half of the respondents, the other half assess that it did not affect the functioning of the company, the results are similar in the case of bonuses and benefits reduction - one part of the respondents did not feel any change in this respect, the second as much as possible. However, the vast majority admit that the reduction of employees did not affect their company, and the COVID-19 pandemic did not particularly affect employee motivation. The situation in the case of the company's income and loss of customers - here slightly more often respondents admit to the negative effects affecting the company, but still, most believe that they do not feel these deficiencies.


So the questions arise:

Did the teams' morale and motivation really remain unchanged, or should employees be asked about their well-being rather than management?


Did companies from the IT, Advertising Agencies and PR industries, as well as other industries remaining in the majority of respondents, did not suffer losses, or rather companies - top managers, owners, are reluctant to admit such problems?


How do you assess the involvement of employees in the functioning of your company during a pandemic?
COMING BACK TO THE OFFICE


25% of respondents assumed that they will return to the office in June, 16% in July, for 13% of them the form of work didn't change.

Among the responses, there was information that one of the companies will not work in the office until the end of 2020. Some of the companies introduced a rotational mode of work, also until the end of the year. Several respondents indicated that they still do not have specific dates of returning to the office.

As the priorities for the pandemic, respondents indicate the planning of further actions for the period after the pandemic, organizing the remote work and helping the employees to adapt to the new situation. None of the respondents indicated that they conduct any recruitment activities. Companies, according to the survey, focus on helping managers to manage the teams working remotely, organize and control the work, and improve the communication.
Opinions on the budgets for integrations and team buildings are divided. On a five-point scale, the same amount of the respondents indicate that this is a very insignificant element (1), which is important (4) - 27% each. 25% rate this topic indirectly.



INTEGRATION



HOW FREQUENTLY YOUR COMPANY ORGANIZED INTEGRATION EVENTS BEFORE PANDEMIC?
online

events

25% of respondents
declare interest
in online events,
27% definitely iS not
InterestED in
specific formulas
is as follows:




68% of respondents find it unlikely that events will be organized outside of the office, even if the other place will maintain all the security measures. This may be related to the previously assessed reduction of the budgets for team-buildings, rather than the fear of having events out of the company.

Events organised in the company offices are cheaper and safer, so 71% of the respondents reported interest in organizing events at their workplace.


When will the company consider organizing events at the earliest?