New Research: Vaccine Policies May Determine Whether Employees Stay or Go | Qualtrics

Workforce Trends

This study explored how organizations’ decisions to mandate vaccination of workers can influence their intention to stay with the company. The study was conducted between August 2 and August 5, 2021, with 1,051 U.S.based workers. A few takeaways: 1) Sixty percent of surveyed workers support vaccine mandates for in-person work, and 24% say they would feel unsafe returning to work without a vaccine mandate. Tech workers are significantly more likely than employees in other sectors to support vaccine requirements. 2) Twenty-three percent of employees would strongly consider leaving their place of work if their employers mandated vaccines. As noted by Indeed, vaccination requirements in job postings are increasing across various sectors. And while jobs that require vaccination are a small fraction of postings overall, there have been significant increases. For example, in February 2021, software development had only 3.5 job postings per million that stated vaccination required; in July, there were 437.9 job postings per million, an increase of over 10,000%. Similar trends are happening in other sectors. It will be interesting to monitor these trends throughout the fall and see their impact on retention and hiring.

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