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Finally, the results of the employer support survey

Delayed by holidays and the madness of the past month, but here it is.

First, the very short summary: most of us in the security realm are pretty lucky to be where we are during the pandemic. Most of us have employers who have been at least somewhat supportive and flexible as we deal with the pandemic and its impact on our lives.

Most, but not all, had positive things to report. Some have lost hours, taken pay cuts, or lost their jobs. Some work for inflexible orgs, some have had working conditions deteriorate.

A link to the sanitized full data set of 216 answers is at the end of this post. Here are some highlights:


Question 1: On a scale of 1-5, 5 being best, how well do you feel your company has supported employees' during the pandemic? 5: 40.3%

4: 34.7%

3: 16.2%

2: 5.1%

1: 3.7%

That's pretty solid, unless you are one of the 8 or 11 folks in the 1 or 2 category respectively.


Next:

On a scale of 1-5, 5 being best. how well do you feel your company has communicated with employees about the pandemic and the company's pandemic response?

5: 48.1%

4: 29.2%

3: 11.6%

2: 6.5%

1: 4.6%

Again, this one looks good for most, but not all, of us. I find this one especially promising, as internal communication is often a source of frustration in work. Maybe companies will learn from this. I'm not holding my breath, but maybe.


On a scale of 1-5, how well do you feel your company has been understanding and supportive of the personal and emotional impact of the pandemic on employees?

5: 44.4%

4: 23.6%

3: 16.7%

2: 8.3%

1: 6.9%

Once again, pretty good for most of us.


There is one area where improvement is needed, that is in training and supporting managers for effectively working with a remote workforce. Not terrible, but definitely room for improvement here:

On a scale of 1-5, how well do you feel your company has been understanding and supportive of the personal and emotional impact of the pandemic on employees?

5: 21.8%

4: 25.5%

3: 22.2%

2: 18.1%

1: 12.5%

Some of the comments reinforced the challenges with management skills during the pandemic.


And a handful of numbers picked from the other questions:

22.7% worked from home before, and still do, while 53.2% are working from home until their employer deems it safe to return.

60.2% have had some support for acquiring additional tech for working from home (sending equipment, funding purchases, etc.).

87.5% have worked through the pandemic without suffering pay or job loss.


The sanitized data set is available here if you want to dig into it yourself: https://1drv.ms/x/s!AjU9TlQrSzm4jp9_2l5Hp-XL3Vx7oA?e=wArIKa

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