Mums and dads, would you agree to be vaccinated by your employer? Well, like it or not, 70 per cent of Malaysian businesses will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all their staff, a survey by a human resources firm has shown. The findings from the Employment Hero Survey 2021 also showed that 76 per cent of employees want to be vaccinated and only seven per cent would refuse to take the vaccine. In a statement, Employment Hero said of all the countries surveyed, Malaysian employers showed the highest level of compulsory vaccination intent compared with Australia (33%), the UK (33%), and New Zealand (35%). The Employment Hero Survey 2021, which involved more than 1,000 Malaysian employers and employees, also revealed that Malaysian employers were considering long-term remote or flexible working models to safeguard their workforce from continued restrictions and risks. Credit: aeccglobal.my In fact, only 29 per cent of Malaysian employees and 31 per cent of Malaysian employers were expected to return to the office in the next six months. The survey also showed that Malaysian employers will consider long-term remote or flexible working models to safeguard their workforce from continued restrictions and risks. As many as 32 per cent of Malaysian employers expected their teams to continue working remotely or flexibly, allowing more geographic and work hour flexibility. COVID-19 and Employee Mental Health Co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Ben Thompson pointed out that the mental-health fallout of COVID-19 in the workforce needed more attention. "The workplace is an important environment to discuss mental health, but because of the stigma attached to it and the fear of job losses, many people are continuing to suffer in silence. Employers have the opportunity to change this climate by making mental wellbeing a business priority. \u201cProviding employees with the right resources and supportive leadership, and taking a customised approach to mental health are great first steps.\u201d In his statement today, Thompson explained that employers had the opportunity to change this climate by making mental wellbeing a business priority. Providing employees with the right resources, supportive leadership, and taking a customised approach to mental health are great first steps. However, with the future of work still uncertain, stress levels among Malaysian employees (61%) and Malaysian employers (58%) have risen. Unsurprisingly, many employees (47%) do not feel comfortable discussing their mental health with superiors.