Saturday, November 27

Companies add financial incentives for employees to get vaccinated

The push to increase the country’s Covid-19 vaccination rate is gaining more corporate acceptance, with incentives offered to employees to protect themselves.

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Companies offer cash and credit incentives.
Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

Fully vaccinated employees of Vodafone, Vodafone Retail and Hays contractors will be eligible for a $ 200 broadband credit and a chance to win a new phone.

Warehouse Group is also offering $ 100 to each team member who has been fully vaccinated.

Vodafone CEO Jason Paris said Morning report The company was also giving staff half a day off to get vaccinated as it recognized that time was a barrier faced by many.

Paris said Morning report his company was doing everything possible to facilitate staff vaccinations, as well as offering financial incentives.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in the elimination camp or the ‘live with it’ camp with Covid. Both camps depend on New Zealanders getting vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Our point of view is the best way to do it: lead it ourselves and take care of your people, and keep your customers safe at the same time.

“So, what we have done is see what the barriers are for people to get vaccinated. The first was the time, so every time you get vaccinated you have half a day off to help you achieve it with your whanau. All a credit of $ 200 broadband, so that’s $ 200 in your back pocket. “

Paris said the company was also working with the Health Ministry to have vaccines on site by the end of October.

Warehouse Group head of human resources Richard Parker said hundreds of people had so far joined the company’s initiative.

“We have given people, whether they have already been vaccinated or are thinking of getting vaccinated,” he said.

“They have to register until the end of November and then we will look to pay them in December. But certainly, from our website, we have received hundreds of very positive comments from staff.”

The company has 11,000 employees nationwide, and Parker said it was hoped that if he was hesitant to get the vaccine, he would be encouraged to take that step.

The company was also sharing Ministry of Health literature on vaccine facts and safety in all of its stores.

“We have been working very closely with the Ministry of Health and have been part of their workplace vaccination process, which saw 1,400 of our people vaccinated through that program.”

Paris said her company had partnered with Vodafone Warriors to spread the word on social media and help dispel any misinformation that might discourage people from getting vaccinated.

Parker said the Warehouse move was an investment in staff and the latest initiative since the Covid-19 restrictions began.

“It is one of the many things we have done since Covid last year, when we pay our people 100 percent of wages, whether they were working for long periods or not.

“We have had many webinars from mental health professionals to train people through this … a very difficult time for everyone in the country.”

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