Should Employees be Required to Get a Vaccine Before Returning to the Office? - Glassdoor for Employers

Should Employees be Required to Get a Vaccine Before Returning to the Office?

Many company leaders are pondering whether or not they should require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to work. It's been one full year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, and nearly half (47%) of American employees are currently working from home at least part of the time as a result of COVID-19. That adds up to a whole lot of people wondering what a return to work will look like.

As vaccines continue to become more readily available and employees begin to imagine post-pandemic life, the Glassdoor Economic Research Team took a closer look to see how they want to work, where they want to work, and how they feel about potentially returning to office life - or not - as many employers now consider how to welcome back employees to offices safely.

A new survey from Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, conducted online by The Harris Poll revealed that 7 in 10 (70%) U.S. employees who are currently working from home due to COVID-19 believe that workers should be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office. And even after offices reopen, nearly 9 in 10 (86%) say they would prefer to continue working from home at least part of the time.

The new survey found that of U.S. employees who are currently working from home due to COVID-19:

Most Believe a COVID-19 Vaccine Should be Required for Return to the Office

  • 7 in 10 (70%) agree that employees should be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office
    • Those aged 18-34 are less likely (58%) than those aged 35-44 (84%) to agree that employees should be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office
    • Men (74%) are more likely than women (64%) to agree that employees should be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office

Most Plan to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine - But That's Not the Case For All Employees

  • Over 3 in 4 (76%) intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them
    • Those aged 18-34 (66%) are less likely than those aged 35-44 (81%) to say they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them
    • Nearly 1 in 4 (24%) do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them

Employers: Most Want Incentives For Getting a Vaccine

  • 69% agree that employers should offer financial incentives (e.g. cash bonus, more paid time off) to employees for getting vaccinated
  • 68% would be more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine if their employers incentivized them (e.g. cash bonus, more paid time off) to do so

Most Would Prefer a Hybrid/WFH Model, Even After Offices Reopen

  • Nearly 9 in 10 (86%) say they would prefer to continue working from home at least part of the time after offices reopen

Despite High Unemployment, Some Would Consider QUITTING Their Jobs Due to COVID-19 Work Requirements

  • Nearly 1 in 4 (23%) would consider quitting their job if they were required to return to the office before all employees have been vaccinated
  • 17% would consider quitting their job if they were required to return to the office 5 days per week (regardless of vaccinations)

To learn more, view the full survey summary and methodology.

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