Full Title: The Energy Workforce and COVID-19: Data-Driven Policy Recommendations
Author(s): Christiane Spitzmueller, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Rhona Flin, Josie Long, Omolola Adepoju, Valentini Pappa
Publisher(s): University of Houston Energy, Center for Applied Psychological Research
Publication Date: March 13, 2021
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Low oil prices and the onset of COVID-19 cases in the United States has depressed energy demand and has dramatically altered the employment situation for almost all energy workers: A majority of energy workers who usually work in office settings worked from home. At this point (early May 2020), companies are starting the return to a new, unprecedented normal. UH Energy has partnered with PESA, the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association; Pink Petro, which focuses on advancing women and environmental challenges facing the industry; IPAA, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Energy Management Institute at Texas A&M University – to gather data on expectations for the return to work from 448 energy workers from April 27, 2020 to May 5, 2020. 81% of those surveyed usually work from an office, 11% had been laid of or furloughed, and the rest of the respondents are either working in the field/offshore or in another capacity. Analyses reported here focus on employees who had been working from home since mid-March 2020, but energy workers in the two other groups were included in analyses around health and well-being.