With Labor Day approaching and given the current resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks, employers are facing tough decisions on whether to bring back the workforce and how to handle unvaccinated employees. According to our polling, the majority of employers intend to have employees begin working at their regular pre-COVID workplace at some point this year; less uniform in the polling, however, is how employers intend to handle vaccination mandates as the physical workforce starts to emerge. We want to thank all of the companies that submitted responses to our survey. Here are the results:
Question #1: As of today, are your employees currently:
Working at their pre-COVID regular workplace
Working a hybrid of their pre-COVID workplace and remotely
Question #2: If your employees are currently working remotely, do you intend to have them return to the job site at some point in the future?
Question #3: If you intend to have your employees return to work, do you plan to have them work solely from their pre-COVID regular workplace, or a combination of the workplace and remotely?
Solely at the regular workplace
Combination of workplace and remotely
Question #4: Will you give the employees the option of returning in person or working remotely?
Question #5: When do you anticipate having employees return to the job site if they are currently working remotely?
This year, prior to Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2021)
This year, within 1 or 2 weeks following Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2021)
Fall or Winter of 2021
Next Year (2022 or beyond)
Question #6: Which categories of employees will be required to return to work:
All employees must return to work onsite
Production employees only (including technicians in the medical field)
"Customer-facing" employees only
Managerial employees only
Clerical employees only
Full-time employees only
*Sample of Responses for “Other”:
· Office staff (managerial. technical and clerical).
· 99% of our employees worked on site during the pandemic.
· Business units can determine in-office vs. remote staff. Each business unit must have at least one person on site every day.
· Only those unable to work remotely.
Question #7: If you are intending to bring employees back to the jobsite, will employees be required to wear masks?
Yes, all employees will be required, regardless of vaccination status.
No, employees will NOT be required, regardless of vaccination status.
ONLY vaccinated employees will NOT be required to wear masks. Non-Vaccinated employees WILL be required.
Other (please specify)*
*Sample of Responses for “Other”:
· We just switched back to masks as one employee got sick with the Delta variant.
· Option 3; plus if you are vaccinated and wish to wear a mask, you can do so, as well.
· We are over 80% vaccinated so we are able to go maskless per our Guidelines.
· All must wear masks until everyone is vaccinated (following OSHA regs).
Question #8: Will the company require employees to be vaccinated to return to work?
Question #9: Will the Company require proof of vaccination?
Question #10: Does the company plan on providing incentives (such as PTO or gift cards) to employees to encourage vaccination?
Yes-we already have.
Yes-we plan on offering incentives.
Other (please specify)
Sample of Responses for “Other”:
· Employees got paid time off to get vaccine.
· Undecided right now.
· Provided onsite vaccination clinics for staff and their families
· We are considering a nominal incentive to encourage vaccination.