Carrots are better than sticks… and don’t hurt as much.
The Department of Labor ruled that employers are within their rights to demand a receipt showing employees have received a COVID-19 vaccine before allowing them to work, although no company has officially announced such a policy. Still, just the idea that a company can demand a health intrusion like that is chilling.
But one company is proactively taking a different approach. Dollar General is offering frontline employees four hours’ worth of pay if they get the vaccine, making the prospect much more attractive. The company said the extra pay was to compensate for time away from work, but really, who cares how they justify it?
Dollar General has encouraged all workers to get vaccinated and is working to make similar arrangements for salaried employees.