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Survey: Nearly four out of five U.S. employees expect to feel safe at work

September 15, 2016

New York – About four out of five U.S. workers say they expect to feel safe at work, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Sterling Talent Solutions, an employment background screening and onboarding firm.

That figure exceeds the percentage of people who said they expect to feel safe while dining at a restaurant (70 percent), with a service professional in their home (68 percent) or traveling on an airplane (65 percent). Five percent of the survey’s 1,077 respondents said they never expect to feel safe.

The survey also concluded that political allegiances do not have a significant effect on people’s beliefs about safety. Almost the same percentage of Democrats (47 percent), Republicans (48 percent) and Independents (48 percent) reported that public safety is one of the most important issues facing the nation.

Nearly half of respondents said having a criminal background should prevent someone from being hired. Meanwhile, 95 percent say criminal background checks of prospective job candidates should be mandatory.

“Safety is a universal concern that transcends political lines,” Sterling Talent Solutions CEO Clare Hart said in a press release. “Whether liberal or conservative, Americans want to feel that they and their loved ones are safe.”