Workplace

Employees and return in office: what are the priorities

January 13, 2022

While the virus' run doesn't stop, many companies continue to urge employees to get back in attendance.

For the latter, the priorities remain health and safety in the workplace.

What to do to ensure peace of mind for your employees?


What we will talk about in the article:

1. Know the concerns and percentages

2. The importance of feeling safe

3. Vaccines and workplace

4. Takeaways


The fight against covid and the vaccine race continues around the world.

While the servers of the "booster" dose booking sites go crazy, most employees (over 80%) say they are still worried about staying safe while at work.

Employers should act accordingly: health and safety could become the key levers to ensure employees have the best workplace experience, as we've highlighted in this article.

But what do employees ask of their employers? What can you do to make them feel safe and secure in the workplace?

Let's see the three main points in this article.

1. Know the concerns and percentages

According to some surveys conducted on employees of various companies, health and safety issues are always at the center of thought.

About 45% of employees worry about contracting the virus or its variants, while 30% are afraid of coming into contact with unvaccinated subjects.

A huge concern is about the size of the company.

Inside companies with more than 1,000 employees, concern about exposure and interaction with unvaccinated colleagues grows exponentially.

In reality, however, with 200 or fewer employees, the concern for exposure and interaction is lower: 40% and 20%, respectively.

In Italy, 36.84% of people eligible for vaccination are vaccinated with the third dose. Overall - even counting those who have only taken the first dose and those who have recovered from the virus - 82.09% of the Italian population is partially protected.

Generationally, over 55% of those aged between 60 and 79 have completed the vaccination cycle, up to 74% in the case of the over 80s.

On the other hand, it is worrying that in the group of workers aged 30 to 49, the percentage reaches 31%, and more than 13% have not received any dose.

2. The importance of feeling safe

Most employees (around 59%) believe their employers have taken adequate measures to keep them safe.

When we split the data according to different employee demographics, we found that younger generations are more skeptical.

62% of Generation Z, or those born after 1997, believe that their company could implement more security measures.

Considering the young age of the employees, this concern could be related to the fear of getting sick in the workplace and infecting at-risk family members (such as frail parents or grandparents).

The concern decreases as the average age rises. As far as Millennials are concerned, the percentage of those who would like more from their employers drops to 46%, while for Generation X and Boomers it goes, respectively, from 39% to 26%.

3. Vaccines and workplace

Among the employees of companies that require the vaccination obligation to go to the workplace (about half of the respondents), 75% declare that they agree or are comfortable with the requirement.

If we look at the numbers based on demographic age, those who belong to Generation Z and Boomers feel less comfortable with the request: 73% and 69%, respectively.

Speaking of Gen Z, the discomfort is related to the fact that it is believed that employers could do more to protect their employees, for example by taking more prevention measures.

A frequent suggestion is about space planning to allow social distancing, for example through a hot-desking service.

4. Takeaways

1st Takeaway

Enable employees to make the most of the benefits of the hybrid work model. Learn more about the five benefits of adopting a hybrid work model.

2nd Takeaway

Always carry out regular health checks before employees arrive at work to ensure peace of mind for everyone.

3rd Takeaway

Adopt a quick system to check the Green Passes and the vaccination status of employees. To do this, rely on technology your team can trust. To find out more, fill out this form.