New Survey Drills into Employee Concerns for Their Future
DeVry University announced the results of "Understanding Workplace Sentiment During COVID-19," its nationwide survey of how American employees understand the resilience of their careers at a moment of profound crisis.
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DeVry University survey results on workplace sentiment during COVID-19 (Graphic: Business Wire)
Given the severe impact of the coronavirus upon the global economy, it is not surprising that many people are rethinking their work and life priorities. According to DeVry's Workforce Sentiment Survey, one in four respondents said they were thinking of changing careers due to COVID-19, with 38 percent citing a desire to work from home or better work/life balance as their top motivations. Other reasons for rethinking careers due to COVID-19 included job security (13 percent) and less exposure to illness (8 percent).
"Founded in 1931 during the depths of the Depression, DeVry continues to be committed to building a talented and sustainable workforce ready to face career challenges, no matter what those might be," said Bill Caruso, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of DeVry University. "Our unwavering dedication to understanding and advancing workplace strengths prompted us to take a deep look at career urability as it is being experienced by employees during the COVID-19 crisis."
DeVry defines "Career Durability" as a person's ongoing capacity to acquire the skills, mindset and knowledge to be an engaged, productive member of the workforce. And as the demands of the workplace continually evolve, lifelong career resilience often calls for cycles of reinvention within diverse learning environments.
Key Survey Takeaways
For the nearly 60 percent who are planning to take proactive steps to increase their career confidence, the two most common plans included:
Interestingly, very few (11 percent) planned to seek advice from their current employers, which could indicate a lack of trust or anticipated resources.
"We believe helping employees build durable value is important not only for their workplace resilience, but also for their wellbeing as individuals and as members of society," said Caruso. "We look forward to being part of the solution to these challenges."
About the Workforce Sentiment Survey
This CARAVAN survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS, with a sample of 1,004 adults 18 years of age and older. The online omnibus study is conducted three times a week among a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older. This survey was live on April 29-May 1, 2020.
About DeVry University
DeVry University's mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within its six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org/). To learn more about DeVry University, visit devry.edu.