94% Indian employers want employees to be vaccinated

As India hits a historic milestone of administering 100 crore Covid vaccines, a study by job site Indeed shows almost 94% employer and 87% employee respondents 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 organisation. 82% of the workforce surveyed and employers agree vaccination should be made mandatory in the workplace.

Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales, Indeed said “Some businesses are either making it mandatory or heavily encouraging vaccination among their new hires.Also, 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.

An overwhelming majority of employees (91%) want their employers to incentivise them to get vaccinated. However, half of all employers (51%) do not wish to incentivise employees for getting vaccinated.

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