Consider this: One in five of your employees likely feels unsafe or harassed at work. It doesn't sit well, does it? But that is the finding of a long-ranging study conducted by research firm Rand Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.; Harvard Medical School, Boston; and the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study asked 30,666 U.S. workers aged 25 to 71 to comment on the general safety and demeanor of their workplaces. Following are some of the findings:
Nicole Maestas, a Harvard Medical School economist, told the Associated Press she believes these conditions (which, admittedly, employers may not know exist) could be contributing to the lack of capable workers in many industries.
In July, 62.9 percent of working-age adults who were employed also were looking for work. Yet the national unemployment rate sits at a 16-year low while employers clamor for new hires.