Today, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced it is calling on businesses to review and implement policies that require all employees to be vaccinated before returning to the worksite, unless a valid heath or religious reason is presented, or have stringent masking and testing protocols in place if vaccine requirements are not possible.
The surge of Covid-19 infections, coupled with the plateauing of vaccination rates, has a grim outlook if we don’t make these challenging, but tough decisions.
Vaccines have been essential in the fight against Covid-19. Businesses are in a unique position to help alter the direction of the pandemic. Many organizations, including many Chamber members, have already implemented requirements for employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office. Putting in place a vaccination policy will not only protect an organization’s own employees, but it will also protect employees across the country and around the world.
Employees trust their employers. In fact, the Edelman Trust Barometer indicates that business is the most trusted institution and the only institution seen as both ethical and competent. Part of the job of employers is to educate and we are in a unique position to talk to employees about how it impacts the business, the community, and the economy. 75% of Chicagoland business leaders agree that the Covid-19 vaccine should be required for all employees returning to a physical office, unless they are medically unable to do so, according to a recent survey by Crain’s Chicago Business and The Harris Poll.
We are in a unique position as leaders to talk to our employees, help them understand the importance of vaccinations, and outline how this factors into our business operations and success. It’s about us together as employees, us as a community, and us as Chicago.
Together, we can implement policies that protect our employees and employees everywhere and curb the direction of the pandemic and move our economy forward.
President and CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
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