A new KPMG Workforce Safeguarding App helps companies reopen their physical workplace safely during the pandemic
While almost all Albertans (90 per cent) believe COVID-19 is far from over, nearly six in 10 (57 per cent) are not afraid of returning to their physical workplace despite how contagious the virus is, finds a new poll by KPMG in Canada.
As many as 87 per cent of Albertans trust their employer to take and maintain all necessary health and safety precautions, well above the 82 per cent national average.
"While Albertans are the least afraid in Canada about returning to their workplace, they are placing a great deal of trust in their employers to manage their return and in keeping them safe," says Stavros Demetriou, a partner in KPMG's people and change management consulting practice, based in Calgary. "The pandemic is forcing every employer in the country to adopt comprehensive protocols and safety measures, and to look at new ways of staying connected to their employees."
Key Poll Highlights
Prefer in-person communications
The KPMG poll finds that 70 per cent of Albertans (76 per cent nationally) are satisfied with their work-from-home environment, and half (51 per cent) say they feel more productive, compared to 59 per cent nationally.
Still, they also say it's difficult to connect with their co-workers. Over half (56 per cent) – versus 59 per cent nationally – say their relationship with their co-workers is weaker in their current virtual work-from-home environment. They agree that in-person communication over any other form is preferable (75 per cent vs. 71 per cent nationally) and key to successfully building and maintaining long-term business relationships (81 per cent vs 76 per cent nationally).
Safeguarding workplaces with KPMG's new mobile app
The more employers can do to keep their workers safe, the more likely they are to drive both loyalty and productivity.
The poll findings reveal that nearly nine in 10 Albertans (89 per cent) would be more loyal to their employer or willing to give the extra effort when they know their company cares and is focused on keeping them safe. That's well above the national average of 84 per cent.
To help organizations efficiently safeguard workplaces and manage their workforce in the new reality, KPMG recently launched a new mobile app, called the KPMG Workplace Safeguarding App. The App, which does not geo-track employees and is technology agnostic, helps employers to instantly connect with their workforce wherever they are, notifying them of urgent news, required actions, office open or closed status, and the level of health risk for that office.
"Albertans are looking for tools they can trust to keep them safe in these unprecedented times," says Mr. Demetriou. "Our app helps make managing who returns to the workplace, when, and where much smoother. Because we designed it to be easy to use, employers will find that our app will help drive employee trust, engagement, and loyalty."
The App is to be used as a front-end component of broader workplace operational health and safety measures aligned to best practices and provincial standards within the COVID-19 context.
While the app can be customized, some of its key features include:
KPMG used Methodify, an online research automation platform, to survey 1,010 Canadians between July 22 and 24.
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