It’s not often brought up in the interview, but most workers expect their physical safety to be accounted for while in the office. However, as a new survey from CareerBuilder shows, not all workers are confident their company has taken the necessary precautions when it comes to workplace security.
In fact, nearly 1 in 4 workers (23 percent) say they wouldn’t know what to do in the event of an emergency that posed a physical threat to their workplace.
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When it comes to emergency scenarios, workers are most worried about threats posed by other people. Only 30 percent of workers say their workplace is well-protected from physical threats posed by another person.
Planning ahead may help put workers’ minds at ease. Forty percent reported that their company does not have an emergency plan in place for a physical attack from another person.
Workers aren’t particularly concerned about more common natural disasters. The majority — 85 percent — say their workplace is well-protected in the case of fires, floods or similar disasters, and 83 percent say the same about threats posed by extreme weather.
Still, 21 percent of workers say their company doesn’t have an emergency plan in place for fire, flood or other similar disasters. While these threats may not be a pressing concern in most workers’ minds, employers should still put a plan in place and communicate that plan to employees.
While physical security is always a top priority, in the digital age many workers are also concerned about protecting their data. On this front, most workers feel secure, with 70 percent saying their workplace is safe against digital hacks.
Ensuring a safe and secure work environment should be of the utmost importance in any workplace,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. “Keeping employees protected means not only putting measures in place to keep them safe, but making sure employees are aware of the policies and procedures they can protect themselves.”
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