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New Study Finds Workplace Safety More Important Than Ever for Employed Americans

79% of employees report feeling more anxious about their health and well-being in groundbreaking new study of U.S. workforce
Mar 15, 2022

AlertMedia, the world’s leading threat intelligence and emergency communication provider, today released findings from its inaugural State of Employee Safety Report, which details employees’ current perceptions of safety in the workplace. The study found that 90% of American workers believe their organization has a duty of care—a legal and moral obligation—to protect employees from unnecessary risk of harm when working or traveling on their behalf. Furthermore, 82% of employees stated employers’ obligation to keep employees safe extends to those working remotely.

As U.S. employers accept their new normal, AlertMedia’s research highlights that many employees remain apprehensive about their safety at work and unclear on protocol should an emergency arise that threatens their well-being or productivity. This heightened expectation of workplace safety comes as only half (55%) of working Americans feel their employer has made more of an effort to ensure their safety than in previous years.

“It’s clear that workplace safety has a powerful influence over organizations’ ability to attract and retain talent, and we hope employers use this data to inform their emergency preparedness plans, training efforts, and employee communication to demonstrate their commitment to safer working conditions for all,” said Alex Vaccaro, Chief Marketing Officer for AlertMedia. “While health and safety have been top-of-mind for nearly every person, business, and community for the past two years, this research offers new evidence about what employees expect from their employers when working as well as how their perception of safety impacts numerous aspects of their lives.”

The study found that while the majority of employed Americans remain concerned about navigating public health crises (78%) at work, nearly as many are worried about other emergencies and disruptive events, including cyberattacks (64%), severe weather (65%), crime (61%), significant outages (59%), and workplace violence (54%). Additionally, 83% of U.S. workers say they have encountered at least one emergency situation while working across their careers.

The report offers new perspective and insights on the following:

  • Workplace Safety Perceptions: The vast majority (89%) of working Americans say workplace safety is more important than ever before; however, only half (54%) believe their safety is extremely important to their employer. And while 81% agree that executive leadership personally cares about employees’ safety, 64% believe their employer’s approach to emergency communication needs work.
  • Safety Awareness & Training: While most (82%) of working Americans report that their employer offers safety training, only half (56%) report participating in training more than once per year. What’s more, employees who are not offered safety training are more than twice as likely to say they would not know what to do in the event of an emergency at work.
  • Employee Retention & Loyalty: Nearly all (97%) working Americans said feeling safe is an important factor in determining where to work. In fact, when asked how they would respond if their employer failed to communicate effectively about an emergency or other potentially dangerous event, 44% said they would feel unsafe and 58% said they would reconsider their employment or start looking for other job opportunities.

The report’s findings are based on responses from 2,002 full-time employed American adults. For more information and to download the full report, visit: www.alertmedia.com/employee-safety-report

About AlertMedia

AlertMedia is the world’s leading emergency communication provider. Our award-winning, two-way multichannel messaging system and threat intelligence help organizations protect their business and people through all phases of an emergency. AlertMedia supports critical communication for thousands of leading businesses—including DHL, JetBlue, Coca-Cola Bottling, and Walmart—in more than 130 countries. To learn more, contact us or schedule a demo.

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