Some Workers Unsure How to React to Workplace Emergency

While the vast majority of workers (94%) feel their office is a secure place to work, nearly one-quarter (23%) say they would not know what to do to protect themselves if there was an emergency in their office that posed a physical threat, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.

When asked about their feelings of security in regards to specific forms of threat, three in ten employees (30%) do not feel their workplace is well-protected from a physical threat from another person, and the same percentage (30%) feel their workplace is not well-protected from a digital hacking threat.

Most workers (85%) feel their workplace is well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other disaster, and 83% feel their workplace is well-protected from weather-related threats.

One in five workers (21%) report their company does not have an emergency plan in place in case of fire, flood or other disaster, and 26% say the same of extremely severe weather. Four in 10 workers do not believe their company has an emergency plan in place in case of a physical attack from another person or a technology security breach.

“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, too,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder.

The national online survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between February 11 and March 6, and included a representative sample of more than 3,000 full-time, U.S. workers across industries and company sizes.