Most employees feel their workplaces are safe, survey says

But many have doubts about employers’ emergency plans, disaster recovery

Posted April 19, 2016

From weather-related damage and natural disasters to technology breaches, a new study looks at how workers feel about their employers’ ability to deal with workplace disasters.

According to the CareerBuilder survey, the vast majority of workers (93 percent) feel their office is a secure place to work.

But is this sense of security misguided? Fewer than half of workers (37 percent) say they have a security guard at their workplace, and 22 percent are unsure how they would protect themselves in the event of an emergency that posed a physical threat.

While workers feel safe in their workplaces overall, when it comes to specific threats and how prepared their employers are to handle them, they aren’t as confident.

  • 17 percent do not feel their workplaces are well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other disaster, and 22 percent don’t believe their companies have emergency plans in place should such events occur.
  • 19 percent do not feel their workplaces are well-protected from weather-related threats, and 26 percent do not think their companies have an emergency plan in place if they were ever faced with extremely severe weather.
  • 31 percent do not feel their workplace is well-protected from a physical threat from another person, and 41 percent do not believe their company has an emergency plan in place in case of a physical attack from another person.
  • 31 percent do not feel their workplaces are well-protected from a digital hacking threat, and 39 percent do not feel their companies have an emergency plan in place in the event of a technology security breach.

Survey methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,031 workers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between February 10 and March 17, 2016. With a pure probability sample of 3,031, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.78 percentage points.


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