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Poll identifies measures that would help alleviate employee anxiety about going back to a physical workplace

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

Following the Government’s announcement that from 1 August, it will be the responsibility of the employer to decide whether it is safe for their workforce to return to the workplace, People Management report that a poll of 2,000 workers, conducted by Canada Life, found that of those respondents working from home since the start of lockdown, 35 per cent said they would like a vaccine or antibody test to be available before coming back to the physical workplace. Nearly one in five (18 per cent) said they wanted regular temperature checks, 21 per cent wanted coronavirus testing in the office, and 22 per cent wanted office spaces to be rearranged to better facilitate social distancing. The poll found that 41 per cent felt positive about returning to the office, but also found 31 per cent wanted the option to work from home in future as and when it suited them, while just under a quarter (23 per cent) wanted the choice of whether to return to the office at all.

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