Study: 1 in 5 employees report decrease in work productivity

Despite this slight dip, a new study suggests that engagement, morale and sentiment toward employers are holding steady.


Aside from the pandemic’s devastating economic and physical toll, the ongoing threat of the virus is placing an immense psychological strain on workers.

One might assume that COVID-19 fallout has had a negative impact on employee trust, collaboration, motivation and morale within companies. However, a recent study produced by IPR and Leger finds that’s not the case.

The respondents provided this key data, which contains a few surprises:

  • In both the U.S. and Canada, two-thirds of employees said their work productivity has stayed the same during COVID-19. One-in-five have experienced decreases, and one-in-10 said they’ve experienced increases in productivity.
  • Three-quarters of employees said their relationship with their company has stayed the same during COVID-19. U.S. employees were more likely to experience slight increases in satisfaction, trust, and engagement with their company; Canadian employees were more likely to experience decreases.
  • About two-thirds of employees in both the U.S. and Canada said collaboration with co-workers has stayed the same, while at least one-in-five report collaboration decreases.

What does this mean for employers? Read our full rundown here.



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