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Results from Oregon Tech Community COVID-19 Response Survey

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Last week Technology Association of Oregon invited its member companies to take a survey about their response to the outbreak of COVID-19. We had a total of 43 responses from executive members of TAO member companies. The companies that responded range in size from two employees to over 125,000.  Some of these results may be changing by the day as more companies develop strategies in response to the shifting landscape.

88.3% of respondents were very concerned or somewhat concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Forms response chart. Question title: How concerned is your company about the COVID-19 outbreak?. Number of responses: 43 responses.

The biggest concern from member companies is an economic impact due to disruptions in the normal course of business. The majority of respondents are also concerned because they will be seriously impacted if a large proportion of the workforce is ill, regardless of location, and because they have a large number of workers who travel for business.

Forms response chart. Question title: Why is your company concerned? Select all that apply.. Number of responses: 38 responses.

Pre-COVID19, 72% of companies responded that only a quarter of their employees worked remotely. 12% of respondents had zero remote employees. 

Forms response chart. Question title: On an average day (pre-COVID19), what percentage of your employees work remotely? . Number of responses: 43 responses.

All companies responded that, in the event of an office closure, employees work from home. At the point when they responded to the survey, 65% of respondents had encouraged their employees to work remotely to minimize exposure to COVID-19. 

Forms response chart. Question title: Has your company encouraged employees to work remotely to minimize exposure to COVID-19?. Number of responses: 43 responses.

44% of respondents do not have or are in the process of developing a business continuity plan or pandemic preparedness plan to handle global outbreaks or pandemics.

Forms response chart. Question title: Does your company have a business continuity plan or pandemic preparedness plan in place to handle global outbreaks or pandemics?. Number of responses: 43 responses.

93% of respondents have already canceled significant meetings or events, or anticipate they will have to.

Forms response chart. Question title: Have you had to cancel any significant meetings, conferences, or events?. Number of responses: 43 responses.

 

Three-quarters of respondents state that they have arranged for greater flexibility to work from home, have provided hygiene-related resources to employees who have to be at work, and have restricted or canceled business travel to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure or transmission. The majority of respondents agree that they have asked some workers to work from home more than usual, that they have restricted or canceled internal meetings to reduce face-to-face interactions, and that they have sent out detailed information to discuss risks and next steps for special meetings they hold. The majority of companies completely disagree or answered as “non-applicable” that they have offered unpaid leave for employees to suspend working or have brought medical professionals to the worksite to screen people for fevers or other symptoms. 

Statements:

  1. We have asked some workers to work from home more than usual

  2. We have arranged for greater flexibility to work from home

  3. Offered unpaid leave application for employees to suspend working

  4. We have provided hygiene-related resources (hand sanitizer, face masks, etc.) to employees who have to be at work

  5. We have restricted or canceled business travel to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure or transmission

  6. We have restricted or canceled internal meetings to reduce face-to-face interactions

  7. We hold special meetings and have sent out detailed information to discuss risks and prepare for possible next steps

  8. We have brought medical professionals to worksites to screen people for fever or other symptoms

Forms response chart. Question title: Is your company/organization taking the following steps to manage the risk associated with the coronavirus? . Number of responses: .

 

Nearly all respondents completely agree that their company has the technology resources to allow people to work from home, that their company will put their health and wellbeing first in making decisions about the risk of the virus, that they have confidence in the head of their organization to handle the coronavirus situation in the best way possible,  and that they have flexibility in their work schedule to take care of family members should they need to. The majority of respondents felt that their company has a plan in place for managing risk associated with the virus. Not all respondents felt that their management had discussed how they expect to manage the risk of COVID.

Statements:

  1. Management has discussed with me and my colleagues how we expect to manage the risk of coronavirus

  2. My company has the technology resources to allow people to work from home if necessary

  3. My company will put my health and wellbeing first in making decisions about the risk of coronavirus

  4. I have confidence in the head of my company/organization to handle the coronavirus situation in the best way possible

  5. My company or organization has a plan for how we’ll manage the risk associated with the coronavirus

  6. I have flexibility in my work schedule and obligations to take care of family members should I need to

Forms response chart. Question title: How much do you agree or disagree that the following conditions apply to you at work? (1 Disagree, 5 Agree). Number of responses: .

 

 

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