According to a new Eagle Hill Consulting report, employee preferences are changing as the worldwide population tries to stem the tide of Omicron variant.
The 2022 Eagle Hill Consulting COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace Survey has highlighted the importance of strong employee perspectives in setting workplace safety regulations as certain areas transition back to hybrid work from remote employment. According to the data, more than three-quarters of employees (78 percent) feel employers should promote or mandate their employees to be vaccinated.
While more than three-quarters of the worldwide workforce supports obligatory vaccination, more than half (56%) opposes required booster injections.
The researchers ascribe these figures to the recent Omicron rise in the United States. Actually, 63 percent of employees are concerned about how Omicron would affect them at work.
According to the study, over half of US employees have increased anxiety about returning to work, with 55 percent requesting that employers put return-to-work plans on hold.
With more and more organisations implementing hybrid work arrangements and calling employees back to the office in batches over the last year, there has been a debate about mandatory vaccination. However, a recent surge has tipped the scales in favour of such mandates, with an increasing number of employees supporting them. In fact, 47 percent favour raising insurance rates for those who refuse to get the vaccine, up from 41 percent in 2020.
Furthermore, employees continue to support workplace safety measures including social distancing (84%), regular testing (60%), temperature checks (72%), and masking (82%). Despite signals that the current wave is retreating, employees remain steadfast in their demand for workplace safety measures.
CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting, Melissa Jezior said that from vaccination and booster obligations to masking and social distancing standards, most workers continue to turn to their employer to be involved in COVID-19 measures.