Half of office workers not confident about returning without vaccinations in place

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Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Research from Ezra, the leading provider of digital coaching, has revealed that just half of UK office workers feel confident about returning to work without a full vaccinated workplace.

Ezra’s research found that 80% of UK office workers weren’t required to be vaccinated before returning to work, with a further 17% unsure on company policy regarding vaccination.

No surprise then, that just 51% feel confident returning to work when either they or their colleagues aren’t required to have a vaccination.

28% stated they weren’t confident about a return to the workplace, while 21% remained on the fence.

Although vaccinations aren’t a requirement in the majority of workplaces, Ezra’s research shows that precautions are, at least, being taken in many offices.

Socially distanced desks and workspaces and a reduced number of onsite staff were the most prominent precautions being taken (20%), while some companies are removing staff social events (14%) to reduce the chance of catching Covid.

Some offices are preventing external face to face meetings from taking place in order to protect workers, with others requiring PPE in the workplace (10%), as well as restricting use of shared communal areas or shared resources such as kitchens (10%).

Weekly Covid tests were less prominent (6%), with reduced internal meetings also largely taking place (9%). 

Founder of Ezra, Nick Goldberg, commented:

“It’s understandable that many of us might feel anxious about returning to the workplace while the threat of Covid remains such a big part of our day to day lives. Unfortunately, at these early stages we’re having to do so in the knowledge that either ourselves, or our colleagues, might not be fully vaccinated and remain vulnerable.

However, for many businesses, this slow return to normality is a vital part of their strategic plan for the year ahead and so many of us will be required to brave the workplace at some point or another. The good news is that the vast majority of offices have a range of protocol in place to ensure the utmost safety of their employees and adhering to these should ensure a safe and harmonious workplace for all involved.”

Survey of 1,035 UK office workers carried out by Ezra (22nd April 2021).

Does your company require a Covid vaccination before returning to work?
AnswerRespondent
No80%
Not sure17%
Yes3%
  
Do you feel confident returning to work if you or your colleagues aren’t required to have a vaccine?
AnswerRespondent
Yes51%
No28%
Not sure21%
  
Has your company implemented any of the following Covid protocol that you have been made aware of? (Tick all that apply)
AnswerRespondent
Socially distanced desks/workplace20%
Reduced number of on site staff/part remote working20%
No staff social events14%
No external face to face meetings within the workplace11%
PPE required while working10%
No shared communal areas or resources such as cutlery and eating utensils10%
Reduced numbers during internal meetings9%
Weekly Covid tests6%
My company has no Covid protocols in place1%
  
Will you use the threat of Covid as an excuse to work from home more?
AnswerRespondent
No64%
Yes24%
Not sure12%
  
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