C-Suite 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 C-level executives across Evanta communities to understand their perspectives on creating a new “normal” at their organizations. This is what more than 950 C-level leaders are saying in June.

Concerns About Company Culture 

When asked about their top business concerns, 70% of C-level executives selected maintaining culture and engagement and 65% 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

47% of business leaders report that they have some employees back in the office already this spring, and 22% have a timeline of less than 3 months.


Remote Work Going Forward

75% of C-level executives 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. One executive notes that their hybrid approach is for “non-client-facing, critical and difficult to fill positions,” while another says, “Remote work has always been available. Not much will change here.”


Long-Term Impact of Remote Work

On their top concerns about the long-term effects of working remotely, 40% of executives say maintaining company culture, followed by 23% who are concerned about team communication and alignment.


Back to Business Travel 

Only 21% of C-level leaders have resumed business travel now, while another 28% expect to start traveling again in less than 3 months.


Returning to In-Person Meetings

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


Thrilled and enthusiastic to finally be able to really connect again.”


If you are a business leader trying to navigate the new normal, explore an opportunity to collaborate with your peers or join a community discussion at Evanta.com/Calendar.


Based on more than 950 responses to Evanta’s Community Pulse Survey, June 2021.

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