Employers split on whether vaccine mandates help or hurt recruitment

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A new study from consulting firm Willis Towers Watson found that most employers plan to require vaccines, but they don’t know whether it will help or harm their recruiting efforts — or even lead to resignations. will lead to

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Even as some states and counties mandate vaccines for certain activities, employers are a little more clingy to follow suit: Thirty percent fear a vaccine mandate could result in employees leaving their organization, the survey says. found in.

Still, others believe the reluctance to mandate vaccines could cause problems, with 48 percent saying a vaccine mandate would actually help with recruitment and retention efforts.


Willis Towers Watson found that only 3 percent of employers reported an increase in resignations following the implementation of a vaccine mandate.

Of the 543 US employers surveyed in mid-November, only 18 percent required vaccines to get the jab. But if the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate goes into effect, 32 percent plan to require vaccination. The companies surveyed employ a total of 5.2 million employees.

Most companies continue to mandate basic COVID precautions, including masks.
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The issue of exemptions from vaccines also divides employers. A little over half of companies will allow medical and religious exemptions to employees.

The controversy over the vaccine mandate comes as the labor market heats up and employers fear losing workers. Companies are being forced to make unilateral decisions that will accommodate employees with differing views on vaccine mandates. At the same time, the latest coronavirus version, Omicron, is causing a stir – and some employers are already feeling the heat – and the need for more stringent health and safety precautions.

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Dr. Levine-Sherz is the head of Willis Towers Watson’s health practice.

Even though employers are divided on vaccine orders, basic safety precautions remain in place at most companies. Of those surveyed, 87 percent of employers will continue to offer the test and 90 percent will require masking indoors, the study found.

Of course, as uncertainty continues, one way to overcome a vaccine mandate is to delay the return to office. The study found that 34 percent of all employees are now working remotely.

But about a third of respondents, 29 percent. Said his companies had returned to a “new normal” and ended “pandemic-related” accommodations such as work from home.

“Employers continue to evaluate the best way to keep their employees, families and community safe. The risk of COVID-19 infection is now lower than it was a month ago,” said Dr. Levine-Scherz, health practice leader at Willis Towers Watson In fact, some companies have delayed getting the employees back to the workplace.”

On Wall Street, most banks have already implemented vaccine mandates. Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs all require vaccinations to return to office.

The Post previously reported that at top Wall Street firms — even before the vaccine became mandatory — vaccination rates are north of 90 percent. As such, non-vaccinated people may be more likely to be seen as a small minority standing in the way of getting back to business as usual.

A little over half of companies will allow employees to have medical and religious exemptions from vaccines.
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“They are definitely social outsiders and probably social pariahs,” one bank employee told The Post. “Whether it’s explicit or implied, that employee will have an idea — people will question whether they can do their job.”


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