A recent survey reveals that when it comes to workplace safety, employers often miss the mark in critical communication and planning and could be unprepared to meet the future needs of employees.
Highlights from the survey of 530 respondents include:
With strict regulations that have been enforced for some time, respondents made it clear that they were aware of their workplace’s fire drill policy, as a resounding 87% said these plans are established and have been practiced at their work. However, in a world where mass shootings, cyber-attacks, and other life-altering events drive the news headlines daily, only 57% of respondents indicated their workplace had preparedness drills in place for events such as hazardous materials incidents, weather alerts, and active shooter incidents.
As the workforce continues to evolve with a growing number of Millennials and Generation Z employees joining, the way workplace safety is communicated will also need to shift. Currently, 53% of Millennial respondents were either unaware or said that their workplace did not have emergency plans in place. When compared to respondents age 45 and older, a big discrepancy is revealed as only 34% of respondents in this age group responded the same way about their employers’ workplace safety plans.
Additionally, nearly half of the 45 and older age group said that they were “very likely” to report an issue in which they or a co-worker’s safety was in question; whereas only 8% of Millennials said they were “very likely” to report an issue like this.
One area where most respondents could agree was around how employees preferred to be notified of an emergency. Both employees based in their organizations’ main offices and remote workers indicated text message was a top preference for receiving alert notifications. However, only 37% of respondents said their workplace currently has a mass text message notification system in place.