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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are continuing to adjust their policies as new COVID-19 instances surge due to the Delta variant.
A current survey by JumpCloud of 500 US and UK executives indicates that SMEs are ready to deal with uncertainty more than the lengthy-term and are deploying a range of responses. More than 3 quarters of respondents are rethinking plans to return to the workplace (In just the US, 52.4% of U.S. respondents are at present rethinking their plans to return to the workplace and an added 17.1% have currently delayed “work in the office” start off dates).
There are also pronounced regional variations to evolving Covid responses. Where 68% of respondents in the US have plans to mandate a vaccine, this quantity drops to 57% in the UK. Within the US itself, Northeastern and Mountain states have the highest percentages of businesses preparing to mandate vaccines (82% and 80% respectively) though inside southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, WV) the quantity drops to 56.1%.
Beyond vaccines, businesses are altering their return-to-work plans. 59.2% are requiring social distancing in the workplace, 57.4% are limiting the quantity of men and women in the workspace at one time, 54.3% are requiring masks or PPE, and 41.9% are upgrading air filters or HVAC gear.
In the US, most businesses are remaining versatile about when workers will return to the workplace. Of these who have delayed a return to the workplace, 30% are delaying a return to the workplace till September 16.3% are delaying till October 18.8% are delaying till November or later and 35% do not but have a firm timeline.
This survey was performed by cloud directory platform provider JumpCloud and Propeller Insights in August, 2021. The survey incorporated 502 SME selection-makers in the U.S. and U.K from businesses with fewer than 2,500 staff.
Read the complete report by JumpCloud.