CDO Community Pulse on Navigating the Workplace Return

June 2021

As vaccinations ramp up and mandates are lifted, business leaders around the world are navigating what a post-pandemic work life looks like. We surveyed CDOs across Evanta communities to understand their perspectives on creating a new “normal” at their organizations. This is what your CDO peers are saying in June.

Concerns About Company Culture 

When asked about their top business concerns, 65% of CDOs selected maintaining culture and engagement and 64% said employee retention and recruitment. This could be a reflection of the fact that executives are grappling with their workforce strategies and recognizing the impacts of organizational decisions on culture and recruiting.


Returning to the Office

41% of data and analytics leaders report that they have some employees back in the office already this spring, and 20% have a timeline of less than 3 months.


Remote Work Going Forward

80% of CDOs report that their companies will offer some type of hybrid option between remote work and the office, and only 3% say that working remotely will no longer be an option at all. As one CDO notes, “Many at our organization remain with us for work-life balance.”


Long-Term Impact of Remote Work

On their top concerns about the long-term effects of working remotely, 27% of CDOs say maintaining company culture, followed by 23% who are concerned about team communication and alignment.


Back to Business Travel 

Only 8% of data leaders have resumed business travel already, while 22% expect to start traveling again in less than 3 months.


Returning to In-Person Meetings

64% of CDOs are either very excited or somewhat excited to return to in-person events and meetings.


“Ready to participate in a safe and secure environment with trusted partners.”


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Based on 75 CDO responses to Evanta’s Community Pulse Survey, June 2021.


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