We understand that many managers, directors and company leaders may be wondering how to talk to their teams about the COVID-19 vaccine now that it is available to everyone over the age of 16 years in the Cayman Islands.
Here are some tips to help you discuss COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace:
1. Offer Resources
Making sure your team and employees are educated on the COVID-19 vaccines is very important. As a manager you should take the time to circulate facts to your employees from official sources. A good place to start is our FAQ pages.
You can also try:
- Organising Internal Webinars: Holding zoom calls and webinars for your team allowing them to ask questions to either a medical professional or somebody in the organisation who has had the vaccine.
- An Open Door Policy: Welcome your staff to talk about the vaccine with you, and any concerns they may have, at any time.
- Giving Them Time And Space: Be clear about when they are permitted to get the vaccine during working hours -- if possible, make it clear that this is a priority and encouraged by the organisation and that they may take any time they need to attend a vaccination clinic
2. Start A Dialogue
Be open to hearing your employees opinion and listen to their thoughts when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. Engage in a two-way conversation that gives them the space they need to explore the topic.
Often, conversations that are two-way are more effective in changing opinions. When we feel like our voices are heard, we can better and more effectively make decisions that feel right for us.
Town halls, anonymous polls or more intimate zoom calls can help employees feel empowered to ask questions, share thoughts with each other, and share reputable resources.
Not all of your employees may be receptive to the idea of a vaccine. Be sure to remain objective when speaking to employees about vaccines, while being sympathetic to their concerns.
3. Mandatory exceptions:
Not everyone in your workplace can get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to understand that there are people who may wish to be vaccinated but cannot get the vaccine at present.
4. Know Your Own Policies
Workplaces should review their own policies and make sure that employees experiencing mild side effects from vaccines understand the process. Many workplaces can now offer those who experience side effects the option to work from home the day after they are vaccinated.
As a manager, you should be able to communicate these policies clearly to set expectations and reassure your staff members.
5. Create Advocates
Having vaccination advocates in your teams can help your employees to better ward off the fear of the unknown, and answer any lingering questions they may have. Sometimes, employees may not want to ask their managers certain things but they may ask a colleague who has had the vaccine.
HR managers are encouraged to utilise employees who have had the vaccine as advocates
I Have More Questions
To find out more about COVID-19 vaccines in the Cayman Islands, visit our FAQs.