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Vaccine mandates aren’t the only way employers can compel workers to get shots

Vaccine mandates aren’t the only way employers can compel workers to get shots
A workplace showdown may be brewing over mandating vaccinations. Employers would love the sense of certainty that comes with a vaccinated workforce. Worker

One recent survey found that over 60% of workers want their companies to require everyone to get vaccinated before returning to the office.As I explain in an ongoing book project, employers have already gotten so good at nudging workers to do what they want, they may not need to resort to a mandate.Even a gesture as simple as instructing managers to find coverage for a worker’s shift could help relieve the logistical burden for workers who want to get vaccinated but haven’t gotten around to it.Companies that don’t want to fire workers who refuse to get a shot may ultimately have them sign a document acknowledging the health risks of continued exposure — like the form employers are required to provide health care workers who refuse a hepatitis B vaccine.

Making it a hassle to Short of threatening to fire unvaccinated workers who do not qualify for a disability or religious exemption, companies certainly could make things inconvenient for workers who avoid the vaccine as a matter of personal preference.At some point, it becomes more of a hassle to avoid the vaccine than to get it.

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