A Gartner, Inc. survey of 800 global HR executives on March 17 found that 88% of organizations have encouraged or required employees to work from home, regardless of whether or not they showed coronavirus-related symptoms. Nearly all organizations (97%) have canceled work-related travel, more than an 80% increase since March 3.
"As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts organizations across the globe, HR leaders must respond quickly and comprehensively, considering both immediate and long-term talent consequences," said Brian Kropp, chief of research for the Gartner HR practice.
How Organizations Are Addressing Coronavirus-Related Absences
The Gartner survey shows that organizations, trying to balance employee needs with financial realities, are employing a variety of approaches to time-off policies in response to COVID-19. Nearly half (48%) of employers require employees to use sick leave first, then vacation leave and finally potential PTO for coronavirus absences. Twenty percent of organizations increased PTO for individuals who are sick and/or caring for a sick family member; 18% of organizations have granted additional PTO for parents who are caring for children whose schools are closed.
"Our research shows that only a minority of employers plan to downsize or ask employees to take unpaid leave," added Mr. Kropp. "Instead, most organizations are focusing on measures such as more effective use of technology and freezing new hiring to cut costs."
Organizations Are Employing Several Cost-Cutting Measures
The Gartner survey shows that most employers plan to cut costs while minimizing impact to pay for existing employees when possible. Seventy percent of organizations report that the main cost-cutting measure they plan to use is more effective use of technology. Nearly half of organizations plan to freeze new hiring.
A greater percentage of organizations plan to reduce work for external partners rather than employees ? one-fifth of organizations plan to stop or limit consultant spend and/or reduce the number of contract workers. Only 10% of employers plan to reduce working hours, and just 6% report asking employees to take unpaid leave.
To manage remote talent during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gartner recommends HR leaders do the following:
For additional information, please access the Gartner webinar "Managing Talent During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Lessons from Asia."
Learn more about how to lead organizations through the disruption of coronavirus in the Gartner coronavirus resource center, a collection of complimentary Gartner research and webinars to help organizations respond, manage and prepare for the rapid spread and global impact of COVID-19.
About Gartner ReimagineHR
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