The pandemic forced employers to reimagine how they best engaged their workforces and helped set companies up for success as they navigate towards hybrid workforce structures.
Workplace from Facebook surveyed more than 1,000 Australian office workers.
The research found that according to employees, workplaces are more focused on inclusivity and becoming less hierarchical through using less formal communication channels.
72% of office workers said they felt just as connected or more connected to HQ than they did before COVID 19. 54% say their workplace is now making a bigger effort to be inclusive.
14% said that their office environment was now less hierarchical. The break down of office hierarchy was due to less formal communication channels.
Employee’s workplace comparison to pre COVID 19
Workplaces are now more connected
Despite lock-downs and isolation, and with many employees now returning to hybrid working, 72% office workers felt just as connected or more to HQ than they did before COVID 19.
21% said they feel more connected with HQ than before COVID-19.
Workplaces are now more inclusive
Office HQs nationwide ramped up efforts to be more inclusive and employees took note.
54% said their employer is making a bigger effort to ensure people from all backgrounds and job roles feel like they belong in their organisation.
Of the 1 in 5 officers who now feel more connected with HQ that figure spiked to 84%.
Workplaces are now more democratic
The leading factors attributed to breaking down the office hierarchy were
- Less formal communication channels such as messaging apps/platforms (54%)
- Greater flexibility improving work life balance (52%)
- Casual communications tone between team members (48%)
Industry reaction to workplace transformation
Rebecca Edwards, Kathmandu General Manager said, “As we worked through the pandemic challenges, it was essential that our entire team felt informed, reassured and valued.”
“Collaboration tools have enabled us to connect with our whole team, and include every team member in communication, consultation, and collaborative idea generation opportunities.”
Collaborating with our team enabled us to introduce flexible working options that support our team to participate fully in the business while balancing their passions and family.”
“This research shows that despite the challenges, business leaders have been able to make employees feel more connected and included to their workplace.”
“We learnt during the pandemic that the future belongs to connected companies. It’s never been more important for leadership teams to be human and authentic.”
“As we move into a new era of working, it is critical that leaders continue to show care for their employees and be more proactive in their outreach and communication.”
“Employee engagement is no longer a nicety for companies. It’s a business differentiator.”