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How employers are responding to COVID-19: Work from home policies

Alight recently conducted a brief survey to get a pulse on how employers across the U.S. are responding to COVID-19. We’ll continue to share our findings here, so check back regularly for the latest insights.
 
Today, we’re sharing some early prevalence on mandatory work-from-home policies.

Has your organization already implemented a mandatory work-from-home policy?

Yes
23%
No
77%
0
100

23% of employers have already mandated a work-from-home policy, while 77% of organizations have not. Among those organizations that currently do not have a mandatory work-from-home policy, 73% are considering implementing one.

If your organization is considering or has already implemented a mandatory work-from-home policy, who does it apply to?

Only employees who have the ability to do so
62%
All employees
17%
Employees who use public transportation for their commute
1%
Other
26%
0
100

Among those that have already implemented a work-from-home policy, nearly half of organizations (46%) say it includes employees that already have the ability to work-from-home. One-third of organizations with a mandatory policy say it applies to all employees.
 
Many employers also reported having workers in roles that cannot be performed from home – health care workers, manufacturing, etc.
 

Survey based on 162 respondents, spread across all employer sizes

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