The deferral provides workers who are meeting the new requirements enough time to be fully immunized. And it gives companies more time to set up the logistics that go with vaccination tasks, such as processes to track vaccination status and, shortly after, who’s been given a booster shot.
“In a company, a CEO might say: ‘Our company, our culture, our business. Mary Kay O’Neill, senior health consultant at Mercer Consulting Group, says. “And then our friends in HR said, ‘How are we going to do that?’
For some organizations, bargaining with unions is also a factor. An NPR spokesman, who has not set a return date to the office, said the public radio network is working “with key stakeholders, including our unions, to evaluate methods best practices to keep our employees safe and keep our operations going.”
With new logistics around the vaccine mandate, ongoing uncertainty around variations, and growing employee needs, several companies, including The New York Times and American Airlines, have choose not to set a return date.
The agility of tech companies, along with industries like consulting and media, is in many ways exceptional. CVS Health is still tracking a fall return, albeit with a degree of flexibility that has worked. And many employees never go home — with a large portion of workers at companies like General Motors, Ford Motor and Chevron having worked on-site throughout most of the pandemic.
Many companies that have sent employees home are still eager to bring them back. The longer workers stay in the office, the harder it is to attract their return. And real estate costs are hard to justify if offices are left vacant.
In the financial sector, which has traditionally placed a priority on face-to-face and fast-paced apprenticeships, well-known companies have turned office presence into a recruiting tool. Goldman Sachs brought back staff in June and JPMorgan Chase in July. The rise of the Delta variant hasn’t slowed those plans, but it appears to have taken steps to contain the contagion. of the virus. Goldman said last month that it would require anyone entering its US office, including clients, to be fully vaccinated.