At the end of 2017, Rave Mobile Safety conducted a Workplace Safety and Preparedness survey focused on planning for workplace emergencies. Over 530 employees from various industries across the United States told us how safe they feel at work and how confident they were in their employer's preparedness for an emergency.
Our survey revealed that employee perceptions and employer policies for workplace safety are not aligned - particularly in the areas of hazardous materials incidents, workplace violence, severe weather alerts and active shooter incidents. There were also discrepancies in the way employees of different generations perceived their own responsibilities for workplace safety.
“The survey gives great insight into what employees know – and don’t know – about safety processes in place at their workplace and how they feel about their safety while at work overall,” says Rave Mobile Safety CEO Todd Piett. “We hope the statistics shed light on where the industry needs to improve and how we can implement technology to help workers feel safer at their place of business.”
"The survey gives great insight into what employees know – and don’t know – about safety processes in place at their workplace and how they feel about their safety while at work overall."
- Todd Piett, ENP, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety
Survey Reviewed by Industry Experts
Our Workplace Safety and Preparedness Survey was reviewed by Juliette Kayyem, Chief Executive Officer at Zemcar, and Don Aviv, Chief Operating Officer at Interfor International. Juliette and Don agreed that the survey revealed workplaces miss the mark in critical communication and planning, and could be unprepared to meet the future needs of employees.
With regard to the low percentage of respondents that indicated their workplace had preparedness drills in place for active shooter incidents, Juliette told us: “Given the current landscape of the workforce, a company’s ability to focus on an active shooter or workplace violence incident is absolutely paramount.”
Don's concerns were related to the low percentage of respondents who told us their workplaces had a mass text notification system in place. “Currently the top way of notifying employees about an incident that happens while they are in the office is through an intercom system,” he said - adding: “As the number of Millennials and Generation Z employees rises, and where we work from becomes more fluid, organizations will need to move beyond a loudspeaker announcement to alert employees.”
Listen to Todd, Juliette and Don's Exclusive Webinar
On Thursday, March 1st from 12-1pm EDT, we hosted an exclusive webinar in which Todd, Juliette and Don showcased the survey results and discussed why employees and employers are not seeing eye-to-eye on workplace safety preparation. In addition, the team highlighted what the findings mean for businesses moving forward into 2019 and provided tips for workplace safety preparedness.
Readers are invited to listen to a recording of the webinar and learn about the direction workplace safety preparedness is taking.
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