90% of businesses have improved worker safety, but 59% of employees say firms haven’t done enough amid Covid-19


While 90% of businesses say they have improved worker safety, only 59% of employees say companies have done enough, according to survey results released by Express Employment Professionals.

One employee said their company allowed an infected co-worker to continue working but only at night. Another said their company has done nothing: “They do not believe the virus is actually happening, so it’s not taken seriously,” the employee said.

On the other hand, other employees said their company did a good job. One employee noted their company is “providing masks for us. Making sure we are all doing okay during these uncertain times. My company rocks!”

The survey included 344 job seekers and employees as well as 297 business leaders. The survey took place in May.

Among safety protocols, business leaders cited the following:

  • Monitoring employees’ temperatures
  • Masks
  • Plexiglass dividers between workstations
  • Six-foot social distancing markers on floors
  • Monthly virus safety training
  • Increased building disinfecting
  • Continued remote work for employees
  • Staggered shifts
  • Health screenings

“There is nothing worth more to a company than the health and reassurance of a safe environment for its workers,” Express CEO Bill Stoller said. “June is National Safety Month, and while it looks quite a bit different this year, safety should always be a top priority for every business.”