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A question of safety

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: With a rash of workplace shootings recently, do you feel your company’s safety policies effectively protect employees in instances of possible workplace violence?

  • No, we need new safety policies. 34%
  • Maybe, they could use some work but we do have them. 29%
  • Yes, they do the job. 23%
  • I’m not sure. 15%

“Only one in five people surveyed think their companies have adequate safety policies in place to avoid workplace violence. I wish I could say that number surprised me. Many companies say ‘safety first’ but when it comes down to it, safety policies are often reactive or inadequate.” –Lance Haun