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More than half of employees worried about going back to work

Posted On: Apr. 29, 2020 12:03 PM CST

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Fifty-four percent of U.S. employees say they are worried about exposure to COVID-19 at their job, according to the results of a new national poll released Tuesday by Eagle Hill Consulting LLC.

Of the 1,000 nationwide workers surveyed online April 22-27, 58% also said the availability of protective protections like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer would make them feel safer. Fifty-five percent say mandating employees with symptoms stay home and 53% said making COVID-19 tests available would also lessen concerns.

Meanwhile, 56% say that employers have the right to know if workers have tested positive for COVID-19, while 43% support employers testing for symptoms. Seventeen percent of workers surveyed believe their jobs would be impacted by their test results, according to the survey by the national employer consulting firm.

The findings also indicated what employees would like to sustain: 44% of workers would like employers to continue transparency and open communication from leadership; 42% want remote work flexibility; and 41% want employee wellness efforts in place.

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