Preliminary Return To Work Survey Results

Written by USW 9511 Admin on Thursday May 21, 2020

On May 20, 2020, we contacted members via our Mass Text Messaging System to participate in a survey about current attitudes and abilities around COVID-19 and returning to work.  This post has information about those results from the total group of valid responses (488).

Preliminary Return To Work Survey

 USW #9511 - May 20, 2020

Here are some results from the survey conducted on May 20, 2020.  For everyone’s knowledge, there were 488 valid responses, with 244 CSAs, 185 DE2/DE3s, and 59 DE4s providing feedback.

Generally speaking, 85% of surveyed members have a moderately high or higher (5, 6, 7) level of concern about COVID-19 within their communities.  Roughly 7.5% of people have little or no concern (3, 2, 1) about COVID-19 in their communities.  Those numbers change somewhat when asked about concern in the workplace.

Shifting the focus from a person’s overall lifestyle to specifically talk about our work, there is a slight increase in the total percentage of people who are showing concern to a little over 90% showing moderately high or higher concern.  The most noticeable shift is not in the total number of people in this group, but the shift in magnitude of concern with extreme concern (7) making up 70% of the responses in the workplace, as opposed to 50% in the community.

A person’s level of concern also appears to be reflected in the personal usage of face coverings.

The numbers of people wearing face coverings in their lives currently (at least part of the time) is consistent with the number of people who showed moderately high or higher levels of concern in their community.  We intentionally did not get into what face coverings people are using, nor did we ask for specifics about what type of situations people use the face coverings in if they do not use them all of the time.  One thing to note when thinking about face coverings in the workplace, they will likely be worn for long periods of time.

Regarding people’s desire or ability to work, there were a couple of items to note.

The number of people willing and/or able to return to work “tomorrow” (including those willing with appropriate safety measures) is similar to the number of people who did not rate their workplace concern as extremely high (7).  The data is limited in some ways that are important to note.  First, all “other” responses were reclassified into one of the above categories, based on what was included.  For example, a person stating “they” and not a “family member” were at increased risk due to COVID-19 were included with the ‘family member’ numbers.  Those listing specific things they wanted in place were included in the ‘yes, with additional criteria’ group.  Those expressing concerns about the effectiveness of any safety protocols were included in the ‘No, the risk is too high’ group.  There is also the assumption that anyone stating they could not return due to family responsibility or elevated health risks, would return (with appropriate safety measures) if their situation was different.

All of the general categories people were asked to rate as either “Important,” “Indifferent,” or “Not Important” all came back overwhelmingly important.  These broad areas will be looked at in more detail in the future as we move towards more specific conversations about the various roles we have (CSA/DE), as well as looking at DTC-specific items.  More information will be shared when it becomes available from either the MTO or Serco.