Rise of Delta Variant triggers return to workplace concerns for nearly half of US workers

by | Aug 27, 2021 | Business, INTERNATIONAL, NEWS, WORLD | 0 comments

Forty-four percent of working Americans say that the rise of the Covid-19 delta variant impacts their willingness to return to the workplace.

Fifty percent of workers say the variant has increased concerns about contracting Covid-19.

Most workers say the variant means they will take extra precautions at work (61 percent) and in their personal life (64 percent). Employees indicate that they would feel more comfortable in their workplace (64 percent) than going to a restaurant (36 percent) during the ongoing pandemic.

This workforce sentiment research from Eagle Hill Consulting comes as federal regulators have granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and as many employers announce delays in back to the workplace plans due to rising Covid-19 delta variant cases, hospitalizations and deaths, largely among the unvaccinated.

When asked about whether unvaccinated employees should pay higher insurance rates, a large share of workers (41 percent) are supportive. Gen Z workers were least supportive of higher insurance rates (23 percent), while Baby Boomers were most supportive (45 percent).

The 2021 Eagle Hill Consulting COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace Survey measures employee sentiment about COVID-19 vaccines, returning to the workplace, as well as testing and safety protocols.

Conducted by Ipsos from August 8-11, 2021, this national survey includes 1010 employees across the U.S. This poll follows similar research conducted from April 7-9, 2021, Feb 5-9, 2021, and from December 4-8, 2020.