1. Sales & Marketing
  2. Finances
  3. Your Team
  4. Technology
  5. Social Media
  6. Security
Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Learn more.
Grow Your Business Security

How Safe Do Your Employees Feel?

How Safe Do Your Employees Feel?
Credit: Aysezgicmeli/Shutterstock

Despite feeling safe in the workplace, many employees think more can be done to keep them protected, especially from physical or digital attacks, new research finds.

While 94 percent of employees feel their office is a secure place to work, many are still worried about threats from other individuals and cyberdangers, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

The research revealed that 30 percent of employees don't feel their workplace is safe from a physical threat from another person or from a hacking incident. Employees are less concerned about the dangers they would face from a natural disaster. More than 80 percent of workers believe their office is well protected from fires, floods and other weather-related issues.

Employees might feel uneasy about security matters because they don't know what to do if a threat were to occur. Nearly one-quarter of workers don't know what to do to protect themselves in the event of a physical danger in their office.

The study discovered that 40 percent of workers don't know if their employer has an emergency plan in place to deal with a physical attack from another person or a technology security breach, while 20 percent don't know if their company has a strategy to deal with fires, floods or other disasters. [Prepare Yourself: 4 Steps for Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan ]

Ensuring a safe work environment is critically important in every workplace, said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder.

"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 [so] they can protect themselves, too," Haefner said in a statement.

The study was based on surveys of more than 3,000 full-time, U.S. workers across a variety of industries and company sizes.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.