A business survey series conducted by Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, provides findings from employers in the US and the UK about their approach to vaccination policies, testing & contact tracing, employee wellbeing, pandemic response & preparedness, and the future of work. The survey findings give a clear picture of the many difficult decisions employers face in trying to reduce the spread of the disease—and the important questions they’ll need to answer about when and how they’ll return to work.
The results of the first two surveys of the COVID-19 Workplace Commons — Keeping Workers Well study series are now available in comprehensive reports. Arizona State University will field one more phase in summer 2021.
- The first survey report, Facing Uncertainty: The Challenges of COVID-19 in the Workplace, conducted from September to October 2020, found that for companies with employees on-site at the workplace, many were taking steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus—nearly three-fourths of these companies reported they required masks for their employees, and nearly 80% made masks and hand sanitizer available.
- The second survey report, conducted in March 2021, found that companies are doubling down on Covid-19 testing and supporting vaccinations to achieve a post-pandemic workplace—with almost 9 out of 10 employers globally will require or encourage vaccination for employees. The survey also found that employee mental health has become a top priority for most companies.