As the cost of education continues to rise, summer jobs are becoming a must for college students that can afford the time, adding another dimension to the conversation about personal safety. With many college workers flocking to the bars and restaurants in pursuit of tips, it's important to note that service is one of the highest-risk industries (alongside education and medicine).
Our findings in the 2015 SABRE Personal Safety at Work study show that, across all industries:
- More than half of working women feel concerned about risk of assault or attack during work hours
- 43% of women have been threatened or assaulted at work, or know a female coworker that has been
- More than one-third of women feel most at risk of assault from clients or customers
Safety tips for at work
- Trust your gut. If a customer is making you feel unsafe, tell your manager.
- If a manager or coworker is making you feel unsafe, notify the person's superior as well as security and local law enforcement.
- Don't give out personal information to patrons.
- Have a keychain pepper gel or personal alarm on hand, in case you need a means of self-defense or to attract attention in a high-stress situation.
Nearly three-fourths of working women never carry personal safety tools such as pepper spray or a personal alarm. So, what are they doing to feel safer? Well, 44% of professional women have avoided staying late at work—but this isn't feasible for third shift or other late-night workers.
If you commute at night or end your shirt early in the morning, your personal safety could be more at risk due to the increase of incidents that occur at night.
Commuting safety tips
- If you're using public transportation, avoid waiting at the stop for a long period of time. Most transit departments now have apps you can download. These will alert you of approaching buses and trains to cut down on the amount of time you need to be waiting outside.
- Sit close to the driver/operator of the bus or train in case there's an emergency—you're going to be seen and heard faster than if you're at the back.
- Call and let people know when you're leaving and expect to arrive. If you live alone, don't tell patients, customers, or even colleagues.
- Don't advertise if your roommates or spouse is out of town leaving you home alone.
- Avoid advertising your work schedule on social media.
- Don't let your guard down until you're in your apartment or home and doors are locked safety behind you.
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