SAFER Recommendations: Moving Past the Pandemic

A review of October 2022 – September 2023

NSC has released a report presenting research findings conducted over the past year by the NSC SAFER initiative and employer recommendations for the next phase of the pandemic. Key findings include:

Worker Health and Wellbeing

• Workers who reported experiencing COVID-19 symptoms persisting for three months or longer were more likely to report sustaining a work-related injury at their current job

• The pandemic has posed significant mental health challenges for workers, including increased stress, anxiety and burnout

• Employers have recognized the importance of addressing mental health and many have implemented supportive policies and programs

Remote and Hybrid Work Arrangements

• Of workers who can work from home, those with a fully remote schedule are less likely to indicate they intend to leave their current job within the next six months compared to those with hybrid work arrangements

• Significant gaps in research remain regarding how the widespread adoption of remote and hybrid work will affect organizations and workers in terms of safety, productivity, work-life balance, worker health and wellbeing and more

Physical and Psychological Workplace Safety

• Workplace safety is a key contributor to job satisfaction

• Respondents with a history of workplace injury reported poorer outcomes on mental health screening questionnaires

• Respondents who reported higher levels of psychological safety at work reported greater job satisfaction and a lower likelihood of quitting their current job

Future of Work

• The future of work is characterized by the widespread adoption of remote, decentralized work, and a greater utilization of technology and automation

• Flexibility, adaptability and innovation in skills training, leadership strategies and job role design will be key to preparing organizations and the workforce for changes brought about by the evolving technological landscape

• In preparing for future emergency response, organizations can maintain resilience gained throughout the pandemic and develop comprehensive emergency response plans based on lessons learned to anticipate challenges, identify vulnerabilities and create strategies to address a variety of emergency scenarios

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