CHRO 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 CHROs across Evanta communities to understand their perspectives on creating a new “normal” at their organizations. This is what your CHRO peers are saying in June.

Concerns About Company Culture 

When asked about their top business concerns, 81% of CHROs selected maintaining culture and engagement and 74% 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 

45% of HR leaders report that they have some employees back in the office already this spring, and 24% have a timeline of less than 3 months.


Remote Work Going Forward

76% of CHROs report that their companies will offer some type of hybrid option between remote work and the office, and only 6% say that working remotely will no longer be an option at all. As one CHRO notes, “We will return as close to pre-pandemic norms as possible, but with more flexibility.”


Long-Term Impact of Remote Work

On their top concerns about the long-term effects of working remotely, 49% of CHROs say maintaining company culture, followed by 24% who are concerned about team communication and alignment.


Back to Business Travel 

32% of HR leaders have resumed business travel already, while another 25% expect to start traveling again in less than 3 months.


Returning to In-Person Meetings

69% of CHROs are either very excited or somewhat excited to return to in-person events and meetings.


“Moments when we have been able to do so have proven the value and richness of in-person collaboration and strategic decision making.”


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Based on 320 CHRO responses to Evanta’s Community Pulse Survey, June 2021.


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