Research reveals that a third of British workers are feeling disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19

Leading global employee recognition and engagement specialist Achievers, have released research taking a look at whether employees in the UK feel connected to their company’s culture and colleagues during COVID-19. The research reveals that a third of British workers feel less connected to their workplace culture and colleagues due to the pandemic. The crisis has undeniably caused a massive upheaval throughout the jobs market, and employers are naturally looking for ways to strengthen company culture, retain their top talent and keep them engaged.

Achievers surveyed 3,000 workers in the UK, U.S. and Australia (1,000 respondents per country). UK survey findings reveal that:

How connected UK respondents feel towards company culture and colleagues during COVID-19:

  • 33 per cent are less connected
  • 31 per cent are more connected
  • 36 per cent said that it has stayed the same

More men in the UK felt disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19 than women:

  • 36 per cent of men
  • 31 per cent of women

More Gen Z in the UK felt disconnected from company culture and colleagues during COVID-19 than any other age group:

  • 40 per cent of Gen Z (18-24)
  • 35 per cent of Millennials (25-34)
  • 34 per cent of Gen X (35-54)
  • 25 per cent of Baby Boomers (55+)

Jon Maddison, Managing Director EMEA at Achievers comments:

“It is an incredibly mixed picture in terms of how employees feel the lockdown has impacted the connections with work and colleagues. These findings should underline for HR leads that employees are experiencing the new world of work in very different ways and companies will need a nuanced, flexible and supportive response.”

“It’s particularly interesting to see that a greater proportion of younger people were feeling disconnected – and a little counterintuitive as you may assume they would be more at home with collaboration and virtual conferencing technology. It is easy to forget though that resilience comes from experience and those who have been through the last recession, or the many before that, may be able to cope with this shock better than younger counterparts.

“However, this lockdown situation is unprecedented in modern times, and companies need to consider carefully how they engage employees and keep them motivated with such high percentages of the workforce feeling disconnected. Numerous companies are utilising the power of recognition and leveraging Achievers’ award-winning recognition platform to engage their workforce during times of crisis. In fact, a few days after COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic, Achievers saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of total recognitions on the platform and a 48 per cent increase in monetary recognition. When leading during times of crisis, it’s important to use recognition to bring employees together and strengthen connection.”