World – Majority of workers want to go back to the workplace and would get vaccinated if required - Staffing Industry Analysts

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08 April 2021

Workers around the world are ready to go back to their workplace and more than willing to receive the vaccine if required by their employer, according to findings from Randstad’s Workmonitor 2021.

The survey of more than 27,000 workers in 34 markets worldwide showed 78% want to go back to the workplace at least partially if not full-time. 

The majority of workers, or 75%, would be willing to get vaccinated if it is required for their job.

For organisations to return to a pre-pandemic state, most survey respondents believe their work environments need to also be much safer than they are now and an increase in vaccination rollout is seen by many as essential. Over half, or 53%, of workers say they won’t feel safe in the workplace until others around them are vaccinated, and 51% prefer to work from home until the vaccine is widely distributed.

A quarter of workers are required by their employer to be vaccinated, with the highest percentage located in Asia and the lowest in Southern Europe. However, 75% of respondents say they would be willing to get vaccinated if required for their job and 56% believe they will have more job opportunities once vaccinated. 

“This indicates a strong role for business at a critical time in the global vaccination rollout,” Randstad stated.

Slightly more than half, 52%, mention missing in-person interaction with colleagues, and more than one-third of those 18 to 24 years old feel lonely, the highest percentage among all age groups. These challenges have created a strong desire to return to the office (78%), however not necessarily in the same way as before the pandemic as 54% of respondents enjoy a hybrid work environment where they are in charge of choosing their workplace.

Over a quarter of respondents (27%) said that organisations need to strengthen their policies to help workers maintain a proper work-life balance.

A majority, or 54%, of workers responded that they anticipate a better jobs market; however, just as they have been adversely affected throughout the pandemic, women are generally less hopeful about the jobs market.

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While workers are optimistic about future job opportunities, 52% say their experience with work during the pandemic has motivated them to stay with their employer for the long term. A third, or 30%, said the experience they’ve had with their employer during the past year has spurred them to be more productive.

Marc-Etienne Julien, CEO, Randstad Canada & Managing Director, Global Talent said, “To help employers instill greater confidence around wellness and safety, C-suite and human capital leaders need to map what a post-pandemic work environment looks like, whether that means hybrid schedules to maintain distancing in the office, incentive programs to encourage widespread vaccination or more employee assistance programs offering a variety of support mechanisms. Even when most of the global workforce is inoculated, it will take time for the workforce to acclimate to so much change ahead.”   

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