The Covid-19 vaccination program is now entering its final phase. As it stands on September 1, just under 52% of Americans are fully vaccinated, with another 10% having had their first shot. All of which means that employers can now start thinking about asking people back to the office.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, attention was focused on the virus itself and its immediate effects. But as the year rolled on, doctors around the world began to notice that some people were experiencing another illness that lasted for weeks, or even months after contracting Covid. Even those people who had experienced an asymptomatic infection were experiencing what we now recognize as Long Covid symptoms, such as heart palpitations and brain fog.
Over the past 18 months, the companies I work with have done a remarkably impressive job of adjusting to the so-called New Normal of remote work, hybrid teams, and Zoom meetings. But there’s one issue that seems to come up time and time again. Whenever I discuss recruitment, the first thing they say is often, “I can’t wait to go back to in-person interviews.”
As more people receive a COVID vaccination, many employers are weighing their options and starting to make decisions about returning to the office. A colleague and I recently discussed what happens after you're vaccinated with a group of young professionals with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. We had a great discussion about considerations and forming a plan for returning to the workplace once more people are fully vaccinated.
Remote working has been a massive success in the past year. But now that the vaccine is rolling out, employers are looking at ways to ditch Zoom calls and return to the office. There’s just one problem: not everyone wants to go back. And it’s causing tension at some companies.
The Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we interact with others, and it’s limiting the way companies interact with large groups of candidates and industry connections. Now, more than ever, it’s time to think about keeping connections alive with digital capabilities. Is your business doing all it can to stay in touch with your candidate network?