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No Surprise: Gallup Finds Workers Ill At Ease

“Work and Education” poll find a big COVID-19-driven drop in feeling safe in the workplace


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Sixty-five percent of U.S. workers are satisfied with their physical safety at work, according to a Gallup study conducted July 30-August 12.

That’s down from the 74% that was measured in 2019. And in 2017 that figure was 79%, so in three years there has been a drop to a number not seen since 2001.


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A bit of a surprise is that of those who are “working primarily or entirely from home,” only 74% are generally satisfied with their physical safety. One wonders about the other 26%.

And for those who are working outside their homes, only 61% feel physically safe.

Not Feeling Secure, Either

In terms of overall job satisfaction, safety is the #3 consideration, behind relations with coworkers—75% are completely satisfied—and flexibility of hours—68% are satisfied.

Just one point behind physical safety in the workplace, at 64%, is job security.

When 36% are not satisfied with job security, that’s a problem not only for those individuals, but for their employers, as well.

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