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SAFER Research Reports

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the SAFER initiative at NSC has been actively monitoring and analyzing the implications of our national response to COVID-19, employer approaches, the future of work and much more. Check out all of our reports below.


COVID-19 Employer Approaches and Worker Experiences

The SAFER initiative at NSC conducted a wide array of surveys, structured and semi-structured interviews, and group discussions with representatives of businesses and labor unions between June and August 2021. This research effort sought to gain insights and perspectives on employer pandemic response, worker experiences and perceptions, vaccine policies and requirements, vaccine hesitancy, health care access, spread of COVID-19 variants and the future world of work.

Check out the infographic and report highlights.

The Future World of Work

Based on in-depth interviews with safety, medical and public health experts, NSC created the Future World of Work report to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic will fundamentally change the way businesses operate and communicate with their workforces and where those changes might lead.

Employer Actions to Address the Pandemic

NSC surveyed hundreds of employers to understand the types of COVID-19 related safety protocols organizations were actually using and at what cost to the employer. On average, the survey found organizations spent $5,208 per employee on various safety practices – from making remote work possible to providing PPE and hand sanitizer.

Check out the infographic for a summary of findings.

States Actions to Address the Pandemic

With states serving as the front lines of the pandemic, NSC created the State report to better understand the safety implications of each state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based off states’ efforts in five key areas from the NSC SAFER effort, the report revealed 39 states did not go far enough to protect residents, jeopardizing the safety of the nation’s workforce. 

Get the methodology here.