COVID-19 Member Survey Results

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey of its approximately 2,200 members from Saturday, March 14 to Monday, March 17 to gauge what internal policy decisions our regional business community is making in response to COVID-19. This information will allow our members to benchmark their own operations. Below are the latest results.

Number of Respondents: 100

Are you currently encouraging remote work for employees?

  • 6% – Yes, it’s mandatory
  • 38% – Yes, our policy allows for it, but it’s not mandatory
  • 30% – No, our work does not allow for employees to work from home
  • 2% – No, we are not concerned about COVID-19
  • 12% – Not yet, but are considering it
  • 12% – Other

Does your organization & staff have the resources to be completely remote if needed?

  • 33% – Yes
  • 49% – No
  • 18% – Other

If applicable, what precautions or policy changes are you implementing for employees who are unable to work remotely (e.g. frontline workforce, hourly employees, trade careers, etc)?

  • 33% – Providing additional PTO for potential sick time
  • 28% – Providing additional PTO for childcare/eldercare needs
  • 6% – Providing emergency financial resources in the form of grants, loans, or bonuses
  • 8% – Permitting employees to gift PTO to other employees
  • 36% – Ability to change shifts, if applicable, because of needs such as childcare, eldercare, transportation, etc.
  • 4% – Providing healthcare options for people who may not currently carry insurance
  • 11% – Access to mental health services
  • 14% – Providing food and/or other necessity assistance
  • 16% – Providing the opportunity to utilize short-term disability, if necessary
  • 4% – Providing transportation assistance for employees with limited transportation options (bus passes, ride share coverage, etc.)
  • 23% – Connecting employees to organizations and government agencies that may be able to assist their short- and long-term needs
  • 49% – Asking employees directly what support/assistance they could use from their employers or other partners
  • 24% – Other

Have you implemented employee travel restrictions?

  • 41% – Yes
  • 58% – No
  • Note: Most commented that travel restrictions have been on international travel and air travel. Some have restricted travel outside their respective counties.

View list of employers who have moved to a virtual work environment (either partial or completely).

Examples of best practice responses:

  • Encouraging employees to stay home when not feeling well.
  • Provided information on unemployment benefits.
  • Increased workplace cleaning/sanitizing.
  • Daily executive team meetings to address employee concerns.
  • Limit customers allowed onsite.
  • Cancelled all in-person meetings, virtual work policies in place.
  • Offered additional paid sick days if necessary.
  • Encouraging staff to take home laptops and necessary paperwork each night.
  • Moved staff to separate office spaces to contain members of individual departments in case one person would become infected.
  • Enacted policy that work time missed due to virus would not count against PTO.
  • Implemented Telehealth.