Since December 2020, the Brunswick Group Americas Employee Engagement Practice has been closely tracking how employers are addressing workforce questions around the COVID-19 vaccines.
As the Delta variant spreads and infection rates tick back up, many companies are delaying their re-opening plans, reinstating mask mandates, and considering – or implementing - vaccination mandates for employees. Many decisions early in the pandemic had to be made quickly and with a high level of uncertainty. Leaders did not have the luxury of assessing employee sentiment and response. Now, they have an opportunity to look back at the data to see what has worked well in decision making and
communicating with employees throughout the timeline of the pandemic.
In this note, we present a summary of the questions and approaches that companies, organizations and communities are using to guide their decisions in three key areas:
▪ Vaccine Mandates: Are employers mandating employees or customers get vaccinated? To what extent are employers implementing COVID-19 testing in their workplaces and retail locations? How will boosters be considered?
▪ Future of Work: How is the vaccine rollout affecting where and how employees work? To what extent are employers requiring employees who had shifted to working remotely during the pandemic to return to the in-person workplace? How are employers engaging employees to ensure they remain inspired, committed, and engaged?
▪ Employer / Employee Relations: How are corporate leaders weighing in on questions of trust in the vaccines? How are companies working to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for their employees, customers, and communities? To what extent are companies making social contributions around the vaccination effort?
Also included is a summary of trends within key sectors. For complete access to our work tracking corporate responses to the pandemic, please contact [email protected].