RBS: Third of Scots feel ‘greater appreciation’ for colleagues during COVID-19

Nearly a third of Scottish employees (29%) report that they have a greater appreciation for their colleagues than they did before COVID-19, according to a new study from Royal Bank of Scotland.

RBS: Third of Scots feel 'greater appreciation' for colleagues during COVID-19

The study examined the social impacts of the pandemic on the nation’s business workforce. The findings suggest that the onset of the pandemic may have fostered a stronger sense of togetherness despite the imposition of social distancing measures.

Scots employees feel valued by their bosses, with almost three quarters (72%) of respondents currently in active employment reporting that they have been treated well by their employer through the pandemic and more than half (53%) agree that their hard work this year has been recognised by their company.

Looking ahead to 2021, 86% of employees stated that staff wellbeing should be either the top priority or at least a priority for their employers over the next year, although the nation would perhaps prefer a few less virtual quizzes next year, with more than a quarter of Scottish respondents (29%) reporting that they are bored of them by now.

Susan Fouquier, managing director, Business Banking Scotland at RBS, said: “Royal Bank of Scotland is committed to supporting Scottish businesses through the challenging economic conditions we are all currently experiencing.

“As part of the UKs biggest business bank, we have a clear responsibility in the recovery process. Royal Bank continues to look for new and innovative ways to support our business customers, working with a wide range of stakeholders, including the government and local authorities, to identify solutions to the problems brought about by the pandemic and to plan for a positive and proactive 2021.”

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