Over a third of workers (37 per cent) don’t think their company has an emergency plan in place in case of fire, flood or other disaster.
LONDON, 23 JULY 2015 – When looking for a new job, it’s not unusual to take job security into consideration. A new survey from CareerBuilder looks at how safe workers feel in their workplace, and the results are quite worrying. Ninety three per cent of workers feel their office is a safe place to work, yet only half (52 per cent) of workers say they would know what to do to protect themselves if there was an emergency in their office that posed a physical threat.
Protected for disaster?
When asked if they considered their workplace to be well-protected, the majority of employees considered their place of work to be best protected for flood, fire or other disaster 66%, closely followed by:
Weather-related threat 65%
Physical threat from another person 53%
Digital hacking threat 41%
A large proportion of workers (63 per cent) say their company has an emergency plan in place in case of fire, flood or other disaster; yet less than half (47 per cent) say the same of extremely severe weather. When it comes to a technology security breach, 44 per cent of workers believe their company has an emergency plan in place, but fewer (42 per cent) say their company has an emergency plan in place in case of a physical attack from another person.
“Workplace emergency plans should be treated with just as much importance as any other workplace policy and procedure,” says Scott Helmes, managing director of CareerBuilder UK.
Helmes continued: “It is of the utmost importance that all employees are not only aware of office emergency procedures, but are well-practiced in them so they know what to do to protect themselves and others.”
CareerBuilder UK provides three tips to help increase worker’s safety in the workplace:
- Be prepared – take time to read up on the emergency safety procedures so you know what to do if disaster strikes
- Be calm – should the worst happen, take a second to gather your thoughts and think your plan of action through as you could put yourself in more danger by panicking
- Be vigilant – take a positive step and be aware of your surroundings, tell a line manager or superior if you suspect suspicious behavior
The national survey was conducted online on behalf of CareerBuilder.co.uk of more than 1000 employees across the UK.
The survey was conducted among 1003 employees in the UK. The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in January & February 2015 using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.
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