Survey results on the impact of COVID-19 in China. What do people think?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

We recently conducted a survey to understand more about how the recent coronavirus outbreak has affected people's work and personal lives. We also used this opportunity to find out more about what habitual changes our respondents would make in their everyday lives after this outbreak. The results may surprise you. Read on to find out more.  We firstly asked our respondents how the outbreak affected their workplace and company. Almost half of respondents stated the virus had a small negative impact on their work and industry50% of respondents have returned to work via online/working from home 75% of respondents stated public hygiene was the main cause of the recent coronavirus outbreak, while 73% (90 respondents) believed it had to do with food safety concerns.

Only a small percentage of respondents selected that online training was facilitated through Microsoft apps (19%), followed by Feishu (19%), a similar tool as Zoom and Team but developed by Bytedance.

Local Chinese companies in the online meetings and teleconferencing industry are winning the battle in gaining new users. If we look at the most popular online meeting tools, none of them are from independent companies, instead all of them belong to the biggest China tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei and Bytedance.

We were also interested to find out from our respondents whether their companies would be offering their employees online training this year because employee training and development can make a huge contribution to upskilling and raising awareness on key issues in the workplace, around topics such as workplace safety and safety work practices, health and well-being, personal hygiene, volunteer activities… the list goes on. 46% responded that their company will be arranging online training courses this year while 10% stated their company were not going to offer any form of online training courses and 27% were unsure.

Going forward, we wanted to find out what changes people would make to the daily practices in their lives following the recent coronavirus outbreak, and what changes respondents would like to see from their company/workplace.  Firstly, we were pleased to see that 99 respondents stated they would make changes to their personal hygiene such as using hand sanitizer, and wearing a mask, etc and 89 said they will not eat wild animals. It was great to see that a large number of respondents (84) stated they would start using environmentally friendly products and reduce or limit the use of disposable cutlery.

Finally, we used this opportunity to ask what topics our respondents were most interested in learning more about in the coming year. Respondents seemed to be most interested in learning about how they can increase their understanding and knowledge of reducing their carbon footprint in everyday life.

This was followed by an interest in wanting to learn more about sustainable development initiatives and how it is relevant to everyone in society today.84 respondents were interested in hearing more about the future trends of financial markets following the recent coronavirus pandemic, whilst 45 respondents stated they would like to learn about how to reduce the use of disposable products in everyday life.

(written by Lena Chen)


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