The online survey was conducted weekly for each week of the period starting March 1 of employed adults more than 18 years old. More than 24,000 individuals were surveyed during the eight consecutive weeks.
Workplaces closed for about one in four workers. During the first week, 17 percent of employees were required to work at home with that number jumping to more than one in four during the second week.
While initially some struggled with problems with childcare, fear of the virus, technical issues and trouble completing their tasks, most had adjusted by weeks three and four so these issues and less impact. Productivity, however, sagged with workers hampered by technical difficulties, including Internet connectivity and insufficient equipment, and stress about the coronavirus itself.
Sixty-two percent of those who retained jobs reported the pandemic had a negative impact on their personal finances. However, the majority believed their finances would return to previous levels in less than six months.
In the survey’s last two weeks, seventy percent of workers expected to retain their jobs for at least the next month. About one in three expected to return to their jobs within the month