Mandatory Vaccinations for Employees?
- Jul 20, 2021 2:53 pm GMT
The Covid 19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on energy company operations. As vaccination became plentiful, utilities tried to begin to return to normal. A rise in cases created more uncertainty, and a question that many companies are asking is “Should we require that employees be vaccinated in order to enter the workplace?” Most say, “No”.
In the spring, organizations began planning a time when employees returned to the office. Close to half (45%) expected to reopen their office in the third quarter while another 24% planned a fourth quarter return, according to a Gartner Inc. survey.
The new office is different from the one that existed before the pandemic. Fifty-nine of energy companies will let employees work remotely occasionally – as long as they have approval from their manager – a 21% increase since November 2020.
Vaccination Policies are in Flux
Vaccination policies seem to be evolving. Close to half (48%) of businesses will not track the vaccination status of their employees. More than one third (36%) plan to have employees self-report vaccination status but will not require proof. Only 8% of survey respondents reported will demand that employees show proof of being vaccinated.
The pandemic forced utilities out of their comfort zone. As vaccinations became widely available, utilities started to bring employees back into the office. That path may have hit a bump as cases have increased, so corporations may take a closer look at their vaccination policies in the coming months.
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