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woman at office wearing mask, using hand sanitizer, socially distanced from coworker Nearly half of business leaders—47%—said they are concerned that employees could take legal action against the company if they contract the virus while working. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As reports of a COVID-19 vaccine dominate the news, businesses face ongoing challenges in providing a safe workplace at a time when employees are still at risk, a new report from Stericycle finds. The report draws on a survey of 1,000 employees who go into a physical workplace at a company with 100 or more employees; it also surveyed 450 business leaders of companies with 100 or more employees.

The report indicates that both employers and employees have mixed feelings about the safety of their workplace, with employers having concerns that they are not doing enough, even as they spend significant amounts of money on personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety measures.

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