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How to make employees feel safe at work during COVID-19

Going into work each day carries more weight than it did before. Now, people want to know, without a doubt, that they’ll be safe and leave as healthy as they arrived. Workplaces need to address these concerns or they risk having an unproductive, unsatisfied workforce or, worse, losing their talent.

We surveyed 1,000 office workers in the US to find out what they need to feel safe at work. In this report, you’ll discover the findings of that survey and insights that can help you design a workplace where people feel safe and thrive.

Illustration of a woman working from home at her desk and answering a health questionnaire so that she can be approved to go into work.

About the survey

The Envoy Return to Work Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research, a third-party research firm. Survey respondents included 1,000 U.S. full- and part-time employees in the United States, age 18 and older. Responses were collected between August 27th and September 1st, 2020 using an email invitation and an online survey. The data was weighted to ensure an accurate representation of full-time and part-time employees in the U.S.

Inside you'll find


Who is most concerned about their safety at work and what’s behind these concerns.


Future expectations on flexibility to work from home or at the office.


What safety measures aren’t working and what people see as non-negotiable for returning to work.