As India hits a historic milestone of administering 100 crore Covid vaccines, a study by the world’s #1 job site Indeed shows almost all employer and employee respondents (94% and 87% respectively) want people coming in to work to be vaccinated with at least a single dose.
Vaccination rates are increasing progressively. But, as offices reopen, some employers are taking matters into their own hands by mandating vaccination. 70% of all employers surveyed would either not allow employees who refuse to get vaccinated to step in to the workplace or would ask them to quit the organization. 82% of the workforce surveyed and employers agree vaccination should be made mandatory in the workplace. Getting employees vaccinated ensures staff and customers are safe and business operations run seamlessly. Time will tell how this trend evolves.
Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales, Indeed said “Vaccination has emerged as a top hiring trend. Some businesses are either making it mandatory or heavily encouraging vaccination among their new hires. But, the common trend across employees and employers is that a majority of both employers (52%) and employees (61%) are in favour of Hybrid work models as compared with either going to work every day or working from home every day. The future of work is definitely hybrid.”
Employees and employers also agreed on transparency. Nearly half of all employees leave the matter of vaccine transparency in the hands of their employers. While 87% of all employee respondents believe entry to the workplace should be for people who are vaccinated at least once, 43% believe that people coming into the workplace need not carry vaccination certificates and 41% think they need not know the vaccination status of other employees. This is probably because they are aware that their employer may not allow employees who aren’t vaccinated to enter the workplace.
The strong support for vaccinations indicates a desire to leave behind a pandemic that has taken an economic, physical and emotional toll on employees. Close to half of all workers (59%) surveyed said they had been somewhat and greatly affected by the pandemic.
Case in point: An overwhelming majority of employees (91%) want their employers to incentivize them to get vaccinated. However, half of all employers (51%) do not wish to sweeten the deal and incentivize employees for getting vaccinated.
This survey was conducted by Valuvox on behalf of Indeed among 607 businesses and 1211 employees in the month of September 2021. Employers were segregated into cities, and further into Large, Medium, and Small organizations, and then into sectors. Employee respondents were drawn from across organization size and type, community identity, and age groups.