Does your company have a policy that prohibits texting and/or talking on cell phones while employees are driving for business purposes? A recent survey provides some benchmarks.
The survey commissioned by ZoomSafer shows 62% of companies have adopted written policies prohibiting employees from using a mobile phone while driving for company business.
That sounds like good news. But the news isn’t as good on the enforcement front. Only 53% of companies with cell phone policies make an attempt to enforce compliance.
Some other findings include:
- 32% of companies know about vehicle crashes that occurred because of employee use of cell phones while driving.
- 7.6% of companies have faced lawsuits resulting from damages alleged to have occurred as a result of employee use of cell phones while driving.
- Long-haul and local trucking companies were the most likely to have a written cell phone policy (71% and 83% respectively), while home and business services companies were least likely (<50%).
Full disclosure: ZoomSafer is a company that sells various safe-driving products to employers including client apps for smartphones that detect driving and can shut down phone features.
So the following statistic from the survey is definitely a point the company wants to make: 61% of companies rely on post-incident disciplinary measures to make sure employees comply with cell phone policies. Only 2% use technology to measure and manage employee compliance.
ZoomSafer says to truly change employee behavior, companies should actively measure and enforce compliance with their cell phone policies.
The survey polled 500 business managers in North America and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6% with 90% confidence.
Does your company have a cell phone policy? Does it address texting and phone use or just texting? Does your company use blocking software in phones or is it considering such software? Let us know in the Comments Box below.