Furloughed workers feel neglected by employers

Over half of employees who have been furloughed feel neglected by their employer, as they do not communicate with them or keep them informed of what is happening.

This was discovered by TopCV, that 55 per cent of furloughed workers do not feel as if their employer is keeping them in the loop regarding what is going on in their business. As well as, 17 per cent of those still working feeling that their employer is not communicating quickly enough with them in regards to what is happening.

Poor communication has been identified as the main reason for employee dissatisfaction.

Also, nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) would consider leaving their job if they received poor treatment from their employer during the pandemic.

Over a fifth (21 per cent) admitted they were unhappy before the spread of COVID-19, and that poor employer behaviour towards them during the virus has confirmed to them that they want a new job.

However, 45 per cent of furloughed workers are impressed by how their managers have handled the situation and are not considering leaving their jobs.

Employees do seem happy with the work flexibility the virus has brought with it, as only 6 per cent said they were not happy with the flexibility their company is currently offering them.

Amanda Augustine, careers expert at TopCV, said:

Our data illustrates the importance for organisations to communicate early and often with employees – especially in times of crisis. Workers are craving consistent and clear communication from their business leaders – and, as our data suggests, will consider alternative employment options when their expectations are unmet. Companies that offer transparent communication with empathy for its employees will not only experience a boost in credibility, but will also foster deeper connections between team members.

HRreview on 01/07/20 reported that 30 per cent of workers would quit their jobs if their offices had not adapted to curb the spread of the virus for when they return to work. 

TopCV asked 2,043 UK employees to obtain these results.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.