Bataan Peninsula State University Employees Readiness Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic: Basis for Strategic Plan for the New Normal
Reynaldo G. Barata, EdD
Bataan Peninsula State University, City of Balanga, Bataan, Philippines
All sectors worldwide, including the workplace have been devastated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic had a massive impact on the nature of work in the workplace. Schools all over the world have been forced into a rapid change of plan in terms of working habits, from face-to-face to working from home. This study explored employees’ work readiness among BPSU employees. Literature and studies were reviewed, and questionnaires related to employee readiness and respondents’ profile. Data from 207 university employees were used in the study. The self-made survey questionnaires were validated and reliable based on statistical tools used in this study. Dissemination and collection of data were collected through Google Forms. The study is a descriptive study to determine the employee’s readiness and its correlation with a personal profile. The results showed that respondents’ profile in terms of age, sex, and employment type has a significant relationship with employee readiness upon reopening the workplace. The literature cited herein develops a framework as to the necessary measures the school administration must do in the re-opening of the workplace. The paper aims to measure the level of employee readiness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic upon reopening the workplace. The result of this study can be a basis for a strategic plan for the “new normal” through the prism of pillars that are key to ensuring a smooth recovery, and the attendant opportunities and challenges. The implications of the continuing crisis on the working conditions of employees are discussed. Aside from the lens of employee readiness, this paper recommends other aspects of working conditions in the workplace as the basis for a strategic plan for the new normal.
Keywords: Readiness, New Normal, COVID-19 Pandemic, Strategic Plan