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Employees return-to-office anxiety surges amid Omicron

The fast-spreading Omicron variant has rattled employees and upended return-to-office plans. New research finds that employees are worried about the variant, but want employers involved in protecting their health and safety. The key for employers: stay flexible and listen to employee needs. 

Most employees are worried about Omicron’s impact on work and their return to the office

When it comes to Omicron, workers are experiencing increased levels of anxiety about in-person work and want their employers to reconsider their return to the office.

Due to the rise of the Omicron variant, do you…

Have increased anxiety about working in person?

52% have increased anxiety about working in person—infographic

Want your employer to reconsider back-to-workplace plans?

55% want employer to reconsider back-to-workplace plans—infographic

Think Omicron will impact your organization?

68% Think Omicron will impact their organization—infographic

Think Omicron will impact you at work?

63% Think Omicron will impact them at work—infographic

Most workers support employer vaccine & booster requirements

Should your employer… 

Encourage or require employees to be vaccinated for in-person work?

78% say employer should encourage or require employees to be vaccinated for in-person work—infographic

Require vaccine 

56% say say employer should require vaccine booster—infographic

Employees want their employers to stay involved with COVID-19 health & safety

My organization should require or encourage employees to:

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Social distance

Wear masks icon

Wear masks

Temperature checks icon

Have temperature checks
 before entering the workplace 

COVID-19 testing icon

Undergo COVID-19 testing
before entering the workplace 


The 2022 Eagle Hill Consulting COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace Survey was conducted by Ipsos from January 5-7, 2022, and included 1001 employees across the U.S. This survey measures employee sentiment about vaccines, returning to the workplace, and protocols for testing and safety.