Canadian employers are preparing vaccination, remote-work and hiring plans as they look forward to a post-coronavirus pandemic world, according to a new survey from ManpowerGroup Canada.
It found only eight per cent of employers will mandate employee vaccinations once vaccines are publicly available, compared to 41 per cent who will let individual employees decide for themselves. More than one-quarter (27 per cent) said they’ll urge vaccination by highlighting its benefits but won’t make it mandatory.
Half of employers (50 per cent) said the majority of their workforce will work most or all of the time in the workplace within the next six to 12 months, while 33 per cent expect a mix of remote and workplace-based working. Just six per cent said the majority of their workforce will work remotely all or most of the time.
The survey also found 15 per cent of employers planned to increase staffing levels in the second quarter of 2021, while four per cent anticipated cutbacks. More than three-quarters (77 per cent) expected current staffing levels to remain unchanged, while four per cent were unsure of their hiring intentions.
As a result of the pandemic, 22 per cent of employers decreased their number of full-time workers, while 10 per cent increased full-time positions and 67 per cent reported no change. While 61 per cent of employers maintained the same number of part-time positions, 19 per cent trimmed these roles and eight per cent added more.