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More than half of employees surveyed (55 percent) said they were expected to show up to work during severe weather conditions, even though half of those said they felt unsafe doing so, according to Staples’ fourth annual safety survey in honor of National Safety Month in June.
Staples conducted an online survey of 400 office workers and 400 managers at organizations of all sizes across the U.S. in May 2015.
While a majority of respondents said they were required to come to work despite dangerous weather conditions, many of those surveyed lacked confidence that their employers were equipped to handle severe weather. About 50 percent said their employers have not assessed emergency plans for severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornados, and less than half (43 percent) feel their worksite is prepared to handle extremely hot temperatures or snow and ice (38 percent). One in four workers said they have never experienced a safety drill in the office, and 30 percent report having never received safety training.
Regular safety training is important, said Bob Risk, national safety, health and wellness manager for Staples. “It is critical for the overall health of a business to have strong safety practices in place, and employees need to understand emergency procedures,” he said.
Additional survey findings include:
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