2 out of 5 Office Workers Plan to Resign Based on How Their Company Handled the Pandemic, SilkRoad Technology and OnePoll Survey Reveals

Published On: January 7, 2021

Chicago, Ill., Jan. 7, 2021 – SilkRoad Technology, a global software and services platform that helps organizations attract and align employees with their business, in partnership with OnePoll, today announced the findings of a survey it conducted of 1500 office workers and 500 C-level executives based in the United States. The research, entitled Full-time Flexibility, uncovered that two in five office workers plan to resign and find a new job based on how their company handled the pandemic.

The survey sought to understand how office workers and C-level executives have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic, if perceptions of remote work have changed, whether elements of flexible work arrangements or remote work will be desired in a post-pandemic world and how onboarding new hires was affected during the pandemic. It also identified what office workers and C-level executives would like to see improved in a company pandemic response as well as revealed executive priorities for 2021.

Other key takeaways from the report include:

  • 86% of C-suite respondents thought their company demonstrated commitment to their employees in 2020
    • Over half of workers hoped their company would provide more support
  • 84% of executives agree that accelerating the path towards digital business transformation for long-term growth and profitability is a critical priority for 2021
  • Other top C-level priorities for 2021 include:
    • Finding new ways to serve customers and build resiliency without losing agility
    • Identifying roles critical to accomplishing organizational strategy or facilitating a new digital business
    • How to reskill talent to meet emerging needs
  • Of workers who started a new job during the pandemic:
    • 52% felt like they didn’t receive enough training
    • 56% still have unanswered questions about their role
  • On average, over 80% of executives believe the orchestration of onboarding, performance management and learning are critical components to the successful introduction or transition of individuals to new roles (new hires, transfers and promotions)

“This survey has confirmed and even emphasized what we were hearing from enterprises around the urgent need for adopting digital business models to help them compete in our new world,” said Robert Dvorak, President and CEO of SilkRoad Technology. “Successful digital operating models emerging in 2021 will be centered on people and delivering an exemplary employee experience. Workforce transformation and change management are integral to planning and designing digital operating models, but are often overlooked, contributing to recent high failure rates (per BCG research).”

The findings also indicate a disconnect between executives’ view of their effort to support employees through the pandemic and what office workers have experienced. “Ultimately, this tells us is that there is an opportunity to better support and enable employees through transitions, change or disruption, whether they are taking on a new role, taking on additional responsibilities or working from another location,” said Lilith Christiansen, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at SilkRoad Technology. “It’s imperative to have regularly cadenced communication and check-ins, ample training and clarity around performance goals and expectations to drive retention and deliver a better employee experience that yields results.”

For more information and additional findings from the survey, please download the infographic.

About SilkRoad Technology

Since 2003, SilkRoad Technology’s software and services platform has helped our clients attract, retain and align people to their business. Our solutions start with Global Client Services to provide strategic HR and business expertise. SilkRoad then designs secure solutions tailored to your business requirements at scale for global companies. We deliver personalized experiences for employees to drive engagement across the employment lifecycle to enable measurable and improved business outcomes.

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