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As we all know, the world experienced a pandemic in 2020. We all did not experience it the same way, even across the United States.

Employee Engagement Declines

GLOBALLY, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT DECREASED by 2 percentage points from 2019 to 2020. Employees reported higher worry, stress, anger and sadness in 2020 than they had in the previous year.

Given hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19, as well as lockdowns, closed schools, increased remote work and unemployment, the above outcomes are not surprising. They represent the frustrations and struggles of millions of workers across the planet.

However, there are significant differences in how employees across regions and countries experienced 2020.

Nearly half of employees in the United States and Canada reported experiencing a lot of stress before the pandemic, in 2019, and they were even more stressed in 2020. 57% report high stress — far above the global average. But, employee engagement in the U.S. and Canada also increased.

Time to Think about Culture

As employers rethink their workplaces in 2021, they have lessons to learn from 2020. Most importantly, leaders need to recognize the influence of employee wellbeing and employee engagement on workforce resilience.

Physical health, loneliness, financial hardship and community support, among other factors, affect the involvement, enthusiasm and productivity of workers in both good times and bad.

Successful corporations of the future not only will generate profits, but also will generate thriving employees who are capable of weathering crises.

Learn More About Culture and Employee Engagement

Learn more about how culture and employee engagement has been affected by the Pandemic by downloading the full Gallup State of the 2021 Workplace Report.

How has the Pandemic affected culture and employee engagement in Arizona? Most importantly, how has the Pandemic affected your business culture and employee engagement?

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