It’s been nearly a year since the outbreak of the pandemic, and as a chief executive, I am most concerned about our employees’ welfare. I’m confident most of my peers share in this sentiment. So when the results of our semi-annual Workmonitor report were released this week, it was encouraging to see a strong majority of workers around the world feel their company stands behind them.

In our survey of nearly 30,000 working adults in 34 markets, 71% reported feeling emotionally supported by their employers. To me, this is very important. After an unprecedented year of stress and uncertainty, employers should be a source of strength and compassion.

Our research also revealed other insights. With so many people now working from home, what is the appetite for returning to offices when it’s totally safe? As it turns out, quite a bit. Only 14% want to be home all the time; a plurality (35%) prefer a hybrid schedule instead. I presume most of us crave the social interaction and the structure an office provides. I know I do.

There are many other learnings, and I invite you to download your own copy to understand how employees like yours may be feeling. 

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about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.