Clutch Report

How Employee Health Is Affected by COVID-19 Work Environment Changes

When it’s time for work, employees aren’t likely to be in the office.

They probably aren’t congregating in front of the coffee machine or crowding into the same conference room to discuss a project, like they were just a few months ago.

Work in the U.S. has increasingly gone remote since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020.

The changed working environment can affect employees’ mental and emotional health and make it more challenging for companies to execute.

We surveyed 301 workers to learn about their mental and emotional health since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

Many workers are feeling less productive during the pandemic, and employers are responding by providing additional emotional and mental support to ensure that workers feel confident about their future at the company.

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6 Tips For Filing Taxes for the First Time (And Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid)

In March 2020, the IRS made the decision to delay Tax Day for the first time in history. The IRS pushed the deadline for filing and paying taxes back to July 15, 2020.

This decision came as businesses and individuals were facing the financial challenges of COVID-19

Taxes were the last thing on many small business owners' minds. According to a special report conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, almost half (46%) of small businesses predict that permanent shutdowns will be inevitable if they remain closed for six months. 

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5 Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

Social media is a straightforward and cost-effective way for small businesses to reach a wide audience. During COVID-19, however, many businesses have had to change or alter their business strategies, marketing, and social media plans. 

People are spending more time online and on social media during COVID-19. Small businesses should use this time as an opportunity to reach an even wider audience and lay the groundwork for future marketing success.

We surveyed 500 small business owners and managers in the U.S. to understand how they use social media and develop a useful framework for small businesses navigating a global pandemic.

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5 Strategy Development Tips for Small Businesses in 2020

Over the past decade, you’ve channeled your passion for music into a thriving e-commerce business. Your unique collection of apparel and accessories supports the growing community of festival-goers and music-enthusiasts — centered around the shared experience of collective listening.

It’s early 2020, and you’ve planned a business strategy based on the year’s scheduled events. Then, the coronavirus pandemic hits.

Social distancing and self-quarantine measures across the globe are preventing many from going to the grocery store, let alone a music festival. In this new normal, your business plans need to be flexible.

This is the challenge that Brian Lim, CEO and founder of iHeartRaves, found himself facing as COVID-19 spread.

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Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic: The State of Remote Work

The United States has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more cases and deaths than any other country. Life as we know it in America has completely changed in the past month, including how we work.

More employees are working from home than ever before, and companies are adjusting to this new team dynamic.

Clutch surveyed 365 workers across the country about their working-from-home habits and what they like and dislike about remote work. We found that 66% of employees currently work from home at least part of the week as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

66% of U.S. employees surveyed are working remotely as a result of COVID-19

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How to Offer Childcare Benefits at Your Business

Kelly is a mid-career professional with two children under 5 years old. Enrolling both children at a daycare or nursery during her working hours will cost Kelly about $20,000 per year. She makes $50,000 per year — the national average. Paying for childcare will nearly slice her income in half.

How can Kelly’s employer provide her support? Without help, will Kelly be able to stay and advance at her company?

For American businesses, situations such as Kelly’s are not hypotheticals: In 33 states and the District of Columbia, the cost of childcare is more expensive than college. Childcare benefits are as essential as paid time off, sick days, and 401ks for companies and employees.

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Coworking Space Trends for 2020

The idea of coworking spaces has only been around since 2005, but it has grown into an industry of more than 3 million workers across the world.

Coworking spaces provide an office environment and amenities for growing businesses such as marketing agency SchroderHaus, whose 3 full-time employees have worked at Enterprise Coworking in Denver since 2016.

“What I love most about being in a coworking space is the ability to provide my team with so many amenities and comforts without having to make the capital investment, which I simply could not do as a small business,” Founder and Head of Haus Elexis Schroder said.

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6 Ways to Make Job Titles Work for Your Employees and Your Business

Job titles help employees understand their organizational fit and the jobs they should apply for in the future.

Job titles also help companies organize and define the expectations they have for each employee.

We surveyed 505 full-time U.S. employees to learn about their experiences with job titles and how they affect workers' attitudes and ability to execute their roles.

We discovered that employees rely on their job titles to demonstrate their organization's commitment to fairness and accuracy. Descriptive job titles that reflect employees' tasks and workloads are important for every company's success.

To provide employees with job titles they consider reasonable, companies must:

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Package Theft Statistics: How to Prevent Lost or Stolen Packages

Porch pirates, or thieves who steal packages left in front of consumers’ homes, have stolen everything from boxes of potato chip bags to a package containing live tarantulas

The thieves use manipulative tactics such as having children take the boxes off porches or impersonating the recipient if the delivery requires a signature.

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9 Office Spaces in the U.S.: Do Employees Really Want Open Floor Plans?

Fifty years ago, the average American office didn’t stray from the norm: People in business attire all worked in a traditional office space from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Now, the “average” office space is hard to describe. Many offices are still traditional, with business dress code, standard hours, set desk spaces, and few perks; other offices, however, offer flexible hours, no dress code, and open spaces for employees to move around in. And many businesses don’t even have a physical office, as technology allows employees to work from home.

So, what is the typical office space for an American worker? Clutch takes a look at nine office spaces from across the U.S.:

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