Vaccination Mandates and the Great Resignation

The effects of the Great Resignation can be felt across the country with many employers scrambling to hire new employees. As people are leaving their jobs in historically mass numbers, we look for reasons behind this crisis. Many people have been retiring early due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on businesses. Many workers may feel they can do better and leave their current jobs for greener pastures, especially when it comes to increased flexibility. The pandemic has definitely changed the way we view the working environment as many people have had to switch to working from home. Many workers are seeking that sense of job openness and flexibility, which has even led individuals to acquire several part-time jobs rather than a traditional nine to five. On the other hand, a large percentage of workers who have quit their jobs over the past six months have attributed their exit to simply being burned-out. Particularly in the hospitality and healthcare workforces, we see an overwhelming amount of people resigning. The strain of working longer hours, being bombarded by an increased workload, and dealing with others’ less than cordial attitudes have prompted many to leave certain industries in higher numbers.

conveyorbelt-exitIn the midst of all these concerning employment issues in the workplace, we are now hit with an additional factor: the Biden Administration’s vaccination mandates. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for Covid-19 on at least a weekly basis. The OSHA rule will also require that these employers provide paid time for employees to get vaccinated, and ensure all unvaccinated workers wear a face mask in the workplace. This will cover about 84 million employees. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services is requiring that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are fully vaccinated. The rule applies to more than 17 million workers at approximately 76,000 health care facilities, including hospitals and long-term care facilities. The Biden Administration has also previously implemented policies requiring millions of federal employees and federal contractors to be fully vaccinated. All of these policies have been put under the deadline of January 4, 2022. What will this mean for employers?

Many U.S. employees are angered by these new policies and regulations as they see them as a violation of their constitutional rights. In addition, these mandates create new challenges for employers and Human Resource professionals in dealing with employee opposition and conflict as well as increased expenses. Employers are questioning who will be responsible for such expenses like funding the cost of the weekly Covid-19 tests. These vaccination mandates may also contribute to the continuing number of workers leaving their jobs as past of the “Great Resignation.” Many would rather seek employment elsewhere rather than comply with these policies.

OSHA requirements for mandatory vaccination for employees and even weekly testing have been questioned by a lot of civic groups and business associations. Clearly, these policies or regulations would necessarily entail expenses on the part of the labor sector and management side. Extraordinary Headhunters is an award-winning creative staffing agency based in Columbia, South Carolina,  specializing in recruitment and selection process of expert-level manufacturing, light industrial, information technology, human resources, and clerical resources. Extraordinary Headhunters helps career seekers and companies nationwide in exceeding their targeted success in the area of employment and strive to create job opportunities for hard-working, efficient individuals. As a highly rated staffing agency, Extraordinary Headhunters will see first-hand the impacts of the Biden administration’s vaccination mandates on the sides of both the employers and the employees when these policies officially go into effect in January.



Kiara Streater

Kiara Streater

Kiara Streater is the Chief Executive Officer of Extraordinary Headhunters LLC – an award-winning creative staffing agency in Columbia. She takes pride in serving clients from different states in the U.S. and even abroad.

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