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Post-Pandemic Survey: Most Banks Encouraging Staff

Archived Industry News:Post-Pandemic Survey: Most Banks Encouraging Staff to Get Vaccine

Last Updated: 4/9/2021 9:50 AM

Post-Pandemic Survey: Most Banks Encouraging Staff to Get Vaccine

As Gov. Kim Reynolds opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to all Iowans age 16 or older this week, most Iowa bankers are encouraging staff to receive a vaccine, according to a survey conducted by the Iowa Bankers Association last week.

When asked if they are encouraging staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, 68% said they are encouraging staff to get vaccinated in some way. Several respondents said they are offering paid time off to receive the vaccine and additional paid time off if they need to recover from side effects of the vaccine. A few banks have organized vaccine clinics to help staff receive access to the vaccine. Many respondents said they are verbally communicating encouragement to staff to receive the vaccine and offering information on where to find available vaccine slots. Others are helping staff set up vaccine appointments. A few banks indicated they are offering a financial incentive for staff to receive the vaccine. Only 28% said they will ask staff to report when they receive the vaccine.

Most banks have very few employees still working remotely. Ninety-four percent of respondents said 0-25% of staff are still working remotely. When asked if they would continue to maintain a portion of staff as remote workers, only 22% said that they would keep some staff remote.

Regarding current operations, 63% said they are still requiring staff to wear masks inside the bank, and 56% said they are also requiring customers to wear masks inside the bank. Eighty-one percent indicated their lobbies are fully open. View the survey results.

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