Malaysian employers show the highest level of intent towards compulsory vaccination, versus employers in Australia (33%), the United Kingdom (33%), and New Zealand (35%).

Have you considered making the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for your workforce? If you have, you wouldn't be alone, as 70% of the 1,000 Malaysian employers surveyed have considered such a move. In fact, of all the countries surveyed, Malaysian employers show the highest level of intent towards compulsory vaccination, versus employers in Australia (33%), the United Kingdom (33%), and New Zealand (35%).

Employees, too, appear to be on board, with 76% agreeing to accept the vaccine in Malaysia, and only 7% saying they would refuse to take the vaccine.

This is per Employment Hero's new survey, The Impact of Covid-19 on Business Owners And Employees, which aimed to understand the impact of the pandemic on the unique challenges employees and employers faced in the six months prior to March 2021.

However, despite the high levels of acceptance of vaccinations, the uncertainty of vaccine rollout timelines leaves many hesitant about returning to the office, with only 29% of Malaysian employees and 31% of Malaysian employers expecting to return to the office in the next six months.

As such, Malaysian employers are considering long-term remote or flexible working models to safeguard their workforce from continued restrictions. About one-third (32%) of Malaysian employers anticipate their teams to continue working remotely or flexibly, and just as many said they would allow more geographic and work-hour flexibility.

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The impact of uncertainty

With the future of work still uncertain, stress levels amongst Malaysian employees (61%) and employers (58%) have risen, but many employees (47%) don’t feel comfortable discussing their mental health with superiors.

Ben Thompson, CEO and Co-founder, Employment Hero, said: "The mental-health fallout of 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 are continuing to suffer in silence.

"Employers have the opportunity to change this climate by making 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."

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