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.
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.