Workplace safety is one of the most important concerns of employers of present business world. Federal and State Governments have also taken it very seriously. Congress has passed a law for safety of employees in the workplace, i.e. Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA). This law ensures the safe workplace environment for employees (Legal Information Institute).
Workplace Safety at Cisco
Cisco is the second largest revenue generator in the world (after General Electric), and most of the high-end-routers, switches and software that power the Internet are Cisco products. According to a survey, Cisco.com was ranked as the number one Business-to-Business site and conducts over 80% of its business through the Internet with daily product sales exceeding $20 million. Cisco’s site gives access to its dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, resellers and business partners, in essence streamlining the supply chain in an online environment. Cisco has revenue of more than $18.9 billion in the fiscal year of 2003 (Calvert Social Index) and has over 34,000 employees in all locations.
According to the profile provided by Calvert Social Index, Cisco does not offer any environmental challenge as its working and manufacturing is very clean. It has followed it’s own code of ethics which is very transparent and clear. It is a common knowledge that Hygiene factors are necessary for job satisfaction. After all, can a person be completely happy in a job for which a good chance of being laid off next week exists? Adding more and more hygiene factors rapidly causes the point of diminishing marginal returns to be past. Just how secure can one be, or how nice one’s workstation? In the hard times when company desperately requires downsizing, CEO of Cisco “cut his own salary to $1”. Cisco offered one-third of salaries to all their surplus employees plus health benefits and “stock options” plus a promise to rehire them as soon as company starts rehiring. Cisco provides several employee benefit schemes like “death in service, long term disability and medical expense schemes” (Watson Wyatt).
Managers of Cisco continuously are on guard against engaging in any activity that can qualify as a hazard for company’s employees or customers. Cisco’s management is very sensitive to the legal and moral aspects of the issue. Cisco has provided extensive training to their management in order to cope with any safety and security issue in the workplace. Cisco due to its extensive training and comprehensive learning program, in this topic, has been awarded The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award (CCN Matthews). Director of Global Risk Management at Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, California says that, “It is more cost-effective to keep our employees healthy, so any money spent on that will pay off in the long run." He further says that, “The attitude of our employees with respect to work-related injuries is unique to Cisco. The biggest problem we have is getting people to take the time to go for their doctor visits and to follow the doctor's directions to take the required breaks, do their stretching exercises, etc." (Sammer). Cisco systems workplace safety policy ensures that their employees take care of themselves and take their health problems seriously.
Cisco trusts their employees and emphasizes on their health, safety and productivity. Cisco does not take drug test of their employees. Eric Shepard, who was the co-author of a study conducted in silicon valley about drug testing, says that, “We found that productivity was 16 percent lower in companies with pre-employment testing than those that didn't test, and it was 29 percent (lower) in companies with both pre- employment and random testing” (McManis). These are reasons that Cisco has been recognized as the best place to work by Working Mother and Fortune Magazines. Thus it can be concluded from the above discussion that Cisco is one of the safest places to work and there is no dangerous jobs at Cisco systems.