Today’s Workplace is Not Perceived as Safe – New Research from

Most Human Resources (HR) professionals believe that HR and management play a key role in employee safety. Despite this, many are concerned that their workplaces still remain vulnerable to threats.’s HR Research Institute partnered with Paycom (a leading provider of human capital management technology) to conduct a research study of HR professionals to produce the latest report entitled Keeping the Workplace Safe from Threats: Maintain awareness with plans and accountability. The study reveals that there is a significant gap in perception between different groups of people regarding what actually constitutes a workplace threat. The phrase ‘workplace threat’ itself, is interpreted differently by different people.

The report examines how HR can help the workforce plan for, assess and react to threats such as assaults, harassment and more, while addressing several questions, including the role that HR should play in addressing workplace threats and how these threats can be further mitigated.

By incorporating a level of basic awareness about possible warning signs, HR will have an enhanced understanding of worrying issues before they escalate into more serious problems.

The research results will be presented in a complimentary webcast on
Keeping the Workplace Safe From Threats: Insights from Larry Barton, Ph.D.
May 23 11:00am ET

“Safety in the workplace is not a concern that employees should have to stress about on a day-to-day basis,” states Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of “It’s up to management and HR departments to create a level of basic awareness and understanding about possible warning signs so there will be less chance of issues escalating into serious problems.”


The survey, “Making the Workplace a Safe Space,” was fielded in the third quarter of 2018, including complete responses from 699 participating HR professionals, thus representing a broad cross-section of employers.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath
Chief Instigator and CEO,