Make Covid-19 jab compulsory, employers say

Malaysian employers have the highest level of compulsory vaccination intent compared to some Western countries

By AZALEA AZUAR / Pic source Employment Hero

EMPLOYMENT Hero yesterday revealed that 70% of Malaysian companies want to make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for their workers.

The survey was conducted on more than 1,000 Malaysian employers and showed that 76% of the employees would accept the vaccine, while 7% would reject it.

Malaysian employers have the highest level of compulsory vaccination intent compared to some Western countries like Australia (33%), the UK (33%) and New Zealand (35%).

However, the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout has left many Malaysian employees weary about returning to their offices anytime soon (29%), although they highly anticipate accepting the Covid-19 vaccinations.

Nevertheless, only 31% of Malaysian employers are expecting to return to the office within the next six months. They still consider long-term remote or flexible working models to safeguard their workforce from continued restrictions and risks.

Thirty-two percent of Malaysian employers are still letting their staff to work remotely or flexibly, and the same number also would allow more geographic and working hour flexibility.

Stress levels among Malaysian employees and employers have increased at 61% and 58% respectively as the future of work still remains uncertain. Unfortunately, many employees still do not feel comfortable discussing their mental health with their superiors (47%).

According to Employment Hero CEO and co-founder Ben Thompson (picture), mental health issues caused by Covid-19 in the workforce needs more attention.

“The workplace is an important environment to discuss mental health, but because of the stigma attached to it and the fear of job losses, many people continue to suffer in silence.

“Employers have the opportunity to change this climate by mak- ing mental wellbeing a business priority. Providing employees with the right resources, supportive leadership and taking a customised approach to mental health are great first steps,” he said.