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1 in 5 British Frontline Workers Fear Job Losses as a Result of Reporting Safety Issues

1 in 5 British Frontline Workers Fear Job Losses as a Result of Reporting Safety Issues
17 November 2021 | Updated 18 November 2021
 

Additionally, more than 3/4 (78 per cent) of British frontline workers don’t feel they’re always listened to by management on topics that matter to them the most.

According to new research by SafetyCulture, this is particularly true when it comes to reporting COVID-19 adherence issues.

Job loss as a result of reporting a safety or quality issue to management, including adherence to COVID-19 protocols, is a real concern for many frontline workers. Almost half of Australian frontline workers (48 per cent), more than a third of American frontline workers (36 per cent), and more than one in five British frontline workers (22 per cent) agreed this is a potential scenario.

To tackle this issue, SafetyCulture has developed its operations platform to empower staff to report issues, giving them a voice within the workplace. Its new capture and notify functionality further connects leaders and frontline workers to help address under-reporting. The technology allows for sensitive feedback to be shared via anonymous entry.

 

Lack of Action Prevents Frontline Feedback

 

Fears aside, over one in three frontline workers (34 per cent) indicate a belief that “nothing will be done” prevents them from providing feedback within the workplace. More than one in four said they lacked confidence management would address safety issues they raise.

Bob Butler, Global General Manager of SafetyCulture said, “While frontline workers have kept our nations running over the past 18 months, many don't feel that their voices are valued. It’s clear that these critical workers want a say in the operations and running of their workplaces. Two-way communication between frontline workers and management is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it is a business imperative. Leaders need to be arming their teams with the right tools to allow them to add value, be heard, and stay safe.”

 

Training Beats a Competitive Holiday Allowance

 

As many organisations navigate “The Great Resignation of 2021”, SafetyCulture’s research also reveals that quality training is of key importance to frontline workers when considering a new role. Nearly all British frontline workers (92 per cent) describe quality training as important, even ahead of a competitive holiday allowance which 61 per cent see as a top priority.

Darren Winterford, CEO of EdApp, an award-winning mobile-first training platform, said, “It’s important to clarify that deskless workers aren’t after any old training. Summoning teams to a white-walled room to digest endless slides no longer cuts it. Mobile learning is quickly becoming the most accessible way to get training out to those in the field or working remotely. For training to be a successful retention and recruitment tool, it needs to be an experience learners will actually enjoy and be in sync with today’s digital habits.”

To read the full report visit: https://safetyculture.com/ebooks/feedback-from-the-field/.  

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 November 2021

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