Return-to-Workplace Planning: Employers Mindful of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities (i4cp login required)


The latest
Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) pulse survey
of business leaders
found 65% reporting that their organizations have teams overseeing
return-to-workplace planning. Another 26% say they haven’t formed such a task
force yet, but are discussing doing so. 

In nearly three in
four (72%) companies with those teams in place, chief HR officers—and to a
lesser degree, select business unit leaders, and corporate communications
leaders—are among those involved in crafting return strategies. Only 11% of
survey respondents said their Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leaders were
part of the groups. 

However, that lack
of representation on return-to-workplace task forces doesn’t mean that D&I
leaders aren’t making their voices heard. That’s evidenced by survey results that
confirm organizations are giving special consideration to specific groups of employees
when planning return-to-the-workplace strategies. 

responsible for the care of others topped the list:  

  • 63%
    of organizations are focusing on employees with childcare duties.  
  • 45%
    are considering workers who are providing eldercare.  

What groups are
you making special considerations for in your return-to-workplace planning?

all-that-apply response option means total exceeds 100%

Other employee
groups most likely to receive special consideration in return-to-workplace
plans include: 

  • Essential
    employees whose jobs kept them working onsite
  • Individuals
    in customer-facing job roles
  • Workers
    who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 

According to
surveyed business leaders, flexibility is the watchword for employees
responsible for the care of others. By far (both noted by 92% of respondents),
the top return-to-workplace options under consideration to accommodate those

  • Flexible
    work schedules to enable adjustment of days/hours
  • Permission
    to continue working from home 

Other pulse survey questions
addressed the percentage of time organizational leaders are devoting to
return-to-workplace planning, attention to the needs of employees who have
continued to work onsite, and policies and protocols needed to support
employees’ safe return to the workplace. 

the full survey results
to the current global health and productivity crisis affecting everyone, i4cp
is making all related ongoing research publicly available.

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