Although the coronavirus continues to remain a threat to our nation, some states are initiating phased plans that allow businesses, even those previously considered “non-essential,” to begin slowly and carefully reopening.
Of course, many businesses are struggling to balance state versus federal guidance, economic versus physical well-being, and individual freedom versus the common good. CDC guidelines for safety during reopening suggest limiting capacity in enclosed spaces, leaving some small businesses wondering if it even makes financial sense to reopen.
With all these questions and concerns looming, it may be beneficial for businesses to find out how their employees (whether still on staff or not) feel about returning to work with COVID-19 still present.
How the Coronavirus Has Impacted Employees
Much of the country has been out of work or working remotely due to COVID-19 since mid-March. Those who lost their jobs were left relying on government stimulus, unemployment, or another form of employment, while those who could work from home were required to do so.
On April 5, during the height of the crisis, we published a blog titled The Importance of Getting Employee Feedback During the Coronavirus and wrote that employers should be surveying employees about their questions, concerns, and fears in order to properly address them. Now, as the country begins to open up again, we think it’s important for employers to survey employees on how they feel about getting back to work or returning to the office.
18 Employee Survey Questions to Ask Post-Coronavirus Quarantine
There are a number of questions to consider asking employees who are returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic. These questions will vary depending on your industry and the type of work the employee performs. Here are a few employee survey questions (and some follow-up questions) to get you thinking of what you may want to ask your employees.
- When do you think we should reopen our business?
- Will you be willing to return to work should we reopen?
- Are you looking forward to returning to work?
- How concerned are you about returning to work during the coronavirus?
- What social distancing protocols do you think should be implemented?
- Do you think our physical workspace needs modification?
- Do you think we should require the wearing of masks and gloves?
- Would you prefer the company to provide gloves/masks or to use your own?
- Would you like the option to continue to work remotely?
- Would you be willing to travel again for business?
- Would you be willing to attend meetings with a large group of people?
- What policies do you think need to be updated upon your return to work?
- Do you believe we should perform daily health screening on employees (e.g. temperature scans)?
- Should employees who refuse to submit to a health screening be sent home?
- What should an employee do if they suspect someone else is exhibiting signs of coronavirus infection?
- How do you think we should conduct new hire interviews?
- Should interviews be conducted remotely until the person is hired?
- Should employees be able to request special accommodations such as a private workspace if they are considered at-risk (elderly or pre-existing medical condition)?
Another good resource for employee survey question development is this recent report from the National Law Review about returning to work during COVID-19 and how it may affect employers and employees.
Why Employee Surveys are Important as the Country Reopens
Surveying employees was important during the height of the coronavirus crisis, and maybe even more so now, as employees venture back into the workplace. While some may be anxious to get back to work (and get back to a regular paycheck), others may be reluctant or even decline due to ongoing fears.
One of the best ways to determine what’s best for your business, and your employees, if by reaching out to them through an employee opinion survey. You can do this quickly and easily with SurveyLegend (view an employee survey template here).
Our pre-designed surveys are easy to create and easy on the eyes, and they’re responsive so they’ll adjust to your employees’ smaller, at-home screens, or even their smartphones. Consider the employee survey questions you want answers to and then get started with SurveyLegend for free today.