Coronavirus has completely changed the way we are living and working. Companies have set up their employees to work from home and the offices that have stayed open now have perspex dividers between desks, and sanitising stations every few yards. Masks used to be seen on surgeons performing operations, now everyone is wearing a mask in public places.
More than ever, during this uncertain and unsettling time, employees need support and guidance from their employers. Those people working from home are isolated, and they have no boundaries between work and home life. Childcare is needed in many cases, and the work day is interrupted by children coming home from school and needing attention. Those travelling into an office have the stress of travelling on public transport and having to keep a mask on for the duration of the journey. We are all wary of getting too close to someone else. As humans, we are tactile and need contact. This is now forbidden which takes its toll on us all, but it has become our accepted way of life.
Thank goodness there is now a glimmer of light at the end of a very dark tunnel. A vaccine has been developed and approved.
How do you feel about your employees having it or not wanting to have it?
There are so many conflicting reports from ‘experts’ about why you should have it and why you shouldn’t have it. What should we believe?
Many diseases, such as diphtheria, have been all but eradicated thanks to vaccines, and others have been kept under control, such as flu, however, there is still a number of people who either view the vaccine as a conspiracy theory to kill people off, or they believe Coronavirus is fake news.
The magnitude and urgency of Covid 19 has led to scientists around the world working night and day to find a successful antidote to this deadly disease, and now, with great jubilation, one has been found. Many pharmaceutical companies have collaborated, and have tested, tested and tested some more until they are completely sure the vaccine works, and has no side effects. It is being rolled out immediately and we can start to hope that life as we knew it will be able to resume in the very near future.
Will you make it compulsory for your employees to have the vaccine before they can come back to work in the office?
Do you feel you can coerce your staff in this way?
Some people are sceptical about how quickly the vaccine has been developed and approved and feel that sufficient tests have not been carried out. Others have a mistrust of Government and there are many conspiracy theories doing the rounds.
Employees are naturally nervous and unsure which way to turn, and stress and anxiety levels have already started, understandably, to rise. To help support both employers in delivering their message, and employees, in order to make a balanced decision on whether or not to have the vaccine, SMILE Global’s Employee Wellbeing Programme has set up a specialised coaching programme to provide guidance and support on this very controversial issue.
Read the Guardian’s report on Medical Experts vs Anti Vaxxers here
Please call 0800 878 9808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how we can assist you and your staff in exploring this important decision in an open and non-judgmental way that will ultimately benefit everyone.