As state economies are reopening, U.S. workers are gradually adjusting to the new normal. Gallup reports that large majorities of workplaces are taking precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but about half of workers still are concerned about being exposed at work.
According to Gallup, 69% of workers report their employer is “always” cleaning, 58% say their employer is always providing personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves or face shields, and 54% say employers are enforcing a 6-foot distance between employees and customers or other employees. Fewer, 41%, say their employers are always screening employees for cough or fever.
An additional 20% to 33% say these steps are happening “sometimes” at work. The measure least likely to be implemented is symptom checking, with 39% of workers saying their employer is never doing this.
Workers also are taking matters into their own hands, Gallup said. Two-thirds (67%) report they are adopting new or more frequent cleaning practices all the time at work; 59% are always trying to maintain at least a 6-foot distance between themselves and other employees or customers; and 54% are always using personal protective equipment.