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84% of Companies Made Changes for Employee Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close their doors, even temporarily, many hiring decision-makers say their companies have made changes to keep employees safe in physical workplaces.

This is according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Hiring decision-makers reported safety changes made in the last several months include:

  • Adding sanitation stations around the workplace: 46%
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE): 46%
  • Reorganizing physical workspaces to meet social distancing guidelines: 46%
  • Reducing the number of employees in physical workspaces at any given time: 41%

Nearly 4 in 5 (79%) also believe their company offers employees adequate PPE.

To this point, around 7 in 10 (71%) say they feel completely safe going to work in a physical workplace (e.g., an office) right now or feel safer physically going into work now than they did when the COVID-19 pandemic first began (69%).

“Keeping our workers safe in New Jersey is our top priority. We know a safe workforce is a productive workforce. We are here to support our local businesses with finding top talent to get their businesses back on track” said Michael Nolfo, franchise owner of the Parsippany, Fairfield, Hackettstown, Hawthorne and Bloomfield Express franchise offices.

“Investing in employees has always been important for hiring and retention of top talent, but keeping them safe during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is essential to company survival,” Express CEO Bill Stoller said. “I’m pleased to see so many companies taking measures to protect their greatest assets.”

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