WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Study Shows Incentives are Needed for Return to Work (Episode 185)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses results from a new Eagle Hill Consulting report, which indicates that 42% of U.S. workers want employers to delay re-opening and implementing a return to work until vaccines widely available to employees.

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Good morning, Paul.

If you ask many what one of the most significant bellwethers is for life returning to normal, well, it’s returning to the office. And yet, even so, many are still reluctant to return or don’t want to return at all.

In fact, a new Eagle Hill Consulting report indicates that 42% say they want their employers to delay reopening offices and, or a return to normal working environment, until COVID-19 vaccines are readily available to all adults.

And with respect to vaccination, over half of those polled say employers should offer incentives for employees to become vaccinated. And even more of those polled felt that vaccination should be required for a return to work.

Melissa Jezior, president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting says this:

Our research shows many employees are reluctant to return to the workplace until vaccines are more prevalent and more than half say financial or paid time off incentives could encourage vaccinations. We also found that employees remain split on employer vaccination requirements but do want employers to require safe practices in the workplace.

Nevertheless, all of this means employers must engage with employees at a deep level to understand their views and align decisions with employee preferences. There will not be a one size fits all approach, and it isn’t enough to just announce plans. You must engage your team and get their buy-in.

Good advice, just in time as companies begin to lay out their plans to return to work soon.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.  

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