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Professionals Are Concerned About Their Safety At Work

38% of Amazon professionals are concerned about their safety at work following the events at the Capitol

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Tech employees are on high alert about their own personal safety as their employers rolled out policies to ban or limit the reach of far-right extremists angry over former President Trump's defeat.

In pro-Trump online communities, vague threats about a reckoning coming for Big Tech companies are circulating widely, as they have been for some time.

On Blind, the largest anonymous professional community for big tech, we asked our users about their safety concerns at work following the events at the Capitol.

Concerns About Safety At Work

Key learnings from nearly 1,000 responses:

  • 20% of tech professionals are concerned about their safety at work following the events at the Capitol. 
    • 38% Of Amazon professionals are concerned about their safety at work following the events at the Capitol.
  • 42% of professionals have safety concerns about transitioning back to the office in the months to come
    • 49% of Amazon professionals have safety concerns about transitioning back to the office in the months to come
    • 45% of Facebook professionals have safety concerns about transitioning back to the office in the months to come
  • 20% of tech professionals are taking extra steps to stay safe recently, like not wearing their company logo in public
    • 50% of Salesforce professionals are taking extra steps to stay safe
    • 39% of Facebook professionals are taking extra steps to stay safe
  • 10% of tech professionals say their company has taken steps to increase security, like adding security guards at their office, since the riot.
    • 31% of Amazon professionals say their company has taken steps to increase security, like adding security guards at their office, since the riot.
    • 21% of Facebook professionals say their company has taken steps to increase security, like adding security guards at their office, since the riot.

One employee at a major tech firm told Axios they were told to remove their name from a quote about a particular deplatforming decision for their own safety, and received threatening messages on LinkedIn about the change.

While professionals do not seem overly concerned while working from home, these safety concerns become more serious when they are required to physically return to the office.

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