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Infographic: U.S. workers applaud employers for protecting and supporting them during pandemic

Findings from the 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey

March 17, 2022

Employees who felt safe and comfortable at work during COVID-19 were more engaged and likely to stay with their organization. What actions can you take to prioritize the safety and comfort of your employees?
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70% of employees report feeling comfortable working onsite.* Read content below

70% of employees report feeling comfortable working onsite.* Employees indicate employer support during pandemic: helped them be productive: 67%; kept them safe from COVID-19: 66%; supported their wellbeing: 58%.

*Only for employees who are allowed to work onsite; percentages indicate “comfortable” or “very comfortable.”

Employer support had positive impact on employee engagement and retention. Intend to stay with employer for at least 2 years: 84% employees who feel safe and comfortable at work vs 42% employees who feel safe and comfortable at work.

Lingering effects of long COVID-19: 1 in 4 employees report having had COVID-19; 37% of those who had COVID-19 still experience long-term effects; long COVID-19 sufferers experience; 2X the number of missed workdays as those who have not had COVID-19; greater levels of depression or anxiety.

Employees differ on safety requirements for onsite workers: Vaccine mandates: 58% support, 22% oppose; wearing masks indoors: 65% support, 15% oppose; regular testing to enter worksite: 54% support, 21% oppose. At companies with vaccine mandates: 72% support them and 10% oppose them; At companies without mandates: 37% support them and 40% oppose them

Actions you can take now! Make accommodations for employees suffering from long COVID-19 by providing reduced hours, time off and job restructuring; ensure your disability carrier is reviewing and evaluating claims for long COVID-19 sufferers; prioritize making employees feel safe and comfortable at work; support employees who choose to follow extra safety precautions to protect themselves and their families after mandates end; continue to monitor COVID-19 risk in the community and be prepared to reimpose safety requirements as necessary.

Source: 2022 Global Benefits Attitude Survey

About the survey: A total of 9,658 U.S. employees from large and midsize private employers participated in the survey, which was conducted during December 2021 and January 2022.

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