New Survey: Only 39% of Companies Require Employees to Mask Up

Employment solutions CEO discusses exclusive new workplace survey

Employco COVID-19 Survey ResultsJust in time for the start of the new fiscal year, a newly-released employee survey led by Employco USA offers a revealing portrait of the American workplace.

“We surveyed 3,000 companies, which together employ over 10,000 employees,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations around the country.

“We made several key findings which illustrate how the workplace has changed since we returned to the ‘new normal,’ as well as findings which help to predict how things might change in the coming months,” says the employment trends expert.

Most notably, says Wilson, is the fact that only 39% of employers are requiring their workers to mask up when on the job.

“Considering how mask mandates have been reinstated in many areas, this was an interesting finding,” says Wilson. “We believe that many of these companies are confident enough in their social distancing and other safety protocols that they don’t feel the need to enforce mask-wearing constantly throughout the workday.”

Wilson also says that only 20% of companies are requiring their employees to get the COVID vaccines.

“Although many industries have issued vaccine mandates or considered doing so, the reality is that most mid-size and small companies just aren’t ready to go that route,” says Wilson. “And for good reason: With workers so hard to come by, many employers are worried about frightening away talent with vaccine mandates or mask mandates.”

All told, Wilson says, the Employco 2021 Workplace Survey proves that most of us are just ready to get back to the old normal, not the new normal.

“We know that many employees like working remotely, and hope that working-from-home still continues to be the norm, but our survey shows that employers really dislike this possibility,” says Wilson. “Only 9.5% of employers say that WFH employees are more productive than in-person workers, whereas the majority still believe that in-person workers are more productive.”

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