- Two thirds (64%) of New Zealand workers believe employers should require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19
- 57 per cent believe New Zealand is on track with its vaccination rollout
- Two in five (42%) are uncomfortable going into work if their colleagues are not vaccinated
- Burn out rates among New Zealand workers improving with a 6 point decline to 34%, yet more workers are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work to do with a 6 point rise to 33%
Sydney, Australia 14 July 2021: Two thirds of New Zealand workers are open to their employer mandating COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, according to the June quarter ELMO Employee Sentiment Index (ESI).
The ESI found that 64 per cent of New Zealand workers believe employers should require their employees to be vaccinated while nearly half (42%) of workers are uncomfortable going into work if their colleagues are not vaccinated.
The vaccine roll out is also an important factor for workers with three quarters (72%) reporting they believe the economy will only return to normal if the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is successful. In contrast to Australia, 57 per cent believe New Zealand is on track with its vaccination roll out compared to 41 per cent in Australia.
When it comes to vaccines in the workplace, three in five ELMO Software CEO Danny Lessem says the COVID vaccine will become a tough challenge for employers in the coming months.
“We are already seeing different companies take different approaches to managing vaccination requirements in the workplace. It’s far from a cut-and-dried matter and will require employers to be able to engage in transparent one to one communication with their employees.
“The vaccine roll out is an important issue for workers’ perceptions of economic security with 72 per cent stating the economy will only return to normal if the roll out is successful. The message from New Zealand workers is clear – to kickstart the economy we need to kickstart the vaccine roll out.”
The insights into employee attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccinations follows on from the employee sentiment indexing research of the ESI. The benchmarking research also found that New Zealand workers are feeling more secure in their jobs than their Australian counterparts.
The ESI recorded a one point decline in perceived job security among New Zealand workers to 55 per cent compared to the March quarter. This is in stark contrast to Australia which saw an 8 point drop in perceived job security among Australian workers from 55 per cent to 47 per cent in the June quarter.
However, despite their stronger feelings of job security, New Zealander workers are sceptical about economic security with just a fifth reporting it as secure (20%). This is a one point rise from the March quarter and resembles the Australian rate (19%).
Encouragingly, New Zealand workers are feeling less burnt out in their jobs than earlier this year with burn out rates among workers improving with a 6 point decline to 34 per cent. While they are yet to feel burnt out, more workers are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work to do with a six point rise to 33 per cent. The burn out rate decline may be contributing to the workplace behaviours of employees. Workers actively searching for a new role fell by five points to 15 per cent while those considering a career change fell three points to 24 per cent.
The improving attitudes about work are also reflected in how New Zealanders feel about their remuneration and recognition in the workplace. Two thirds (65%) of workers in New Zealand agree they are recognised for their contributions at work, this is up three points on the March quarter (62%). Remuneration is also perceived positively with 57 per cent of workers saying they are remunerated for their work fairly.
ELMO Software CEO Danny Lessem says the findings should be a signal to employers that they need to lighten the workload for their employees.
“Employees are feeling positive about their jobs and are yet to feel the pain of burn out. However, employers shouldn’t get complacent with this news. Now is the time to look to remove some of the administrative burden in employees’ lives so they are feeling less overwhelmed.
“If workers are feeling overwhelmed for extended periods of time they are likely to soon feel burnt out. While burn out rates have declined, rates of overwhelm have spiked. This should be a warning sign on the dashboard for employers.
“It’s a welcome sign for the New Zealand economy that workers are feeling secure in their jobs. Heightened perceptions of job security will go a long way to encouraging greater spending.”
The ELMO Employee Sentiment Index is a quarterly poll of fixed questions and alternating topical questions. The ESI provides a quarterly track of sentiment among New Zealand workers toward the economy, their jobs and their wellbeing. Commissioned by ELMO Software and conducted by Lonergan Research, the ESI has polls more than 500 New Zealand workers about their attitudes, actions and concerns in the workplace over the past three months as well as their plans and expectations for the future.
The report can be downloaded by the public here.
Audio Grabs: Danny Lessem, Co-Founder and CEO, ELMO Software.
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About the ELMO Employee Sentiment Index
The ELMO Employee Sentiment Index is a quarterly study which examines the attitudes, actions and concerns of New Zealanders in the workplace. The research questions ask respondents to both reflect on the past quarter as well as anticipate the months ahead. The report is completed each quarter to provide a rolling index of New Zealand workers attitudes and behaviours over time.
The ELMO Employee Sentiment Index was commissioned by ELMO Software and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 530 New Zealand workers aged 18 years and over between 17 June and 27 June, 2021. The research was conducted through a 17-question online survey. Respondents were members of a permission-based panel, geographically disbursed throughout New Zealand including both capital city and non-capital city areas. After surveying, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from Stats NZ.
About ELMO Software
Established in 2002, ELMO is a cloud-based HR, payroll, expense management and rostering / time & attendance software provider. The company offers customers across Australia, New Zealand and the UK a unified platform to help organisations streamline their people, process and pay. ELMO operates on a software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) business model based on recurrent subscription revenues. For more information, please visit www.elmosoftware.co.nz.