While the Omicron surge is showing signs of decline in some places, the pandemic is far from over. From supply chain issues to workforce trends, here’s what employers need to know to deal with what’s ahead.
Vaccine Mandates Have Been Challenged in Court
One by one, vaccine mandates have been met with legal challenges that have severely limited their scope. As of today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate is the only one that has been allowed to go into effect by the U.S. Supreme Court.
High-Quality Masks Offer Protection in Indoor Places
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today, N95/KN95 respirators lower the odds of contracting COVID in public indoor places by 83% (see chart below). Employers should keep this information in mind to offer a safe environment to their employees and customers.
Supply Chain Issues Will Continue
Experts expect the worldwide supply crisis to continue well into 2022. In California, the San Pedro Bay Ports (Los Angeles and Long Beach) are still packed with anchored and loitered container ships filled to the brim with products and raw materials.
While there are some long-term proposals (such as infrastructure enhancements), there’s no easy solution in sight, a fact manufacturers will have to consider when they make plans for the next few months.
As the omicron wave continues to sweep across the nation, employers can expect higher rates of sick days, absenteeism, and turnover, with the ensuing dips in productivity.
Some steps you can take to offset these effects include:
- Increase pay rates to lower turnover
- Offer flexible shift options
- Privilege the health and safety of your workers
- Create a strategy to deal with absences and potential turnover
How Driven Talent Can Help
As you can see, employers are faced with a complex landscape with no single cause but a series of crises originated by local and global factors.
In such a demanding environment, partnering with the right staffing agency can make a big difference. Whether it’s finding remote or on-site talent, or building your team’s capacity, at Driven Talent we have the staffing solutions you need to meet the challenges of 2022 and beyond.
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Whether you are an employer looking for the ideal candidate to fill a position or a job seeker trying to take the next step in your career, Driven Talent can help.