How to Keep Your Workplace Safe For Employees
As a business owner, you have a duty of care towards your employees. They’re not just there to do a job and help progress your company forward; you have to make sure that they’re well looked after, and kept safe. This is the right thing to do anyway, but it’ll also show your staff that you care about them as people, not just what they can do for you. Plus, it’ll help you to stay on the right side of the law, and avoid any avoidable lawsuits. Below, we take a look at a few tips for helping to keep your place safe.
Know the Risks
Before you can figure out how to make your workspace safe, you need first to understand what the risks are. Once you know the dangers that are lurking at your premises, it’ll be much easier to take steps to give the safety aspects a boost. There’s a big difference between how an employer needs to approach an office and, say, a factory. If you don’t know what you’re looking for when it comes to your business safety, then hire an outside expert to do the job for you — they can point out all the potential dangers.
We tend to think of safety threats from coming entirely from external sources, but this isn’t the case. For one, a lot of crime against companies is internal. In order to keep your staff, it’s important that you’re fully vetting anyone who is hired as an employee before they’re given full access to your premises. You can do this by checking up on the references that they supplied, and also conducting a more thorough criminal background check if you have any doubts. It’ll help keep your present employees safe from theft and violence.
Even if you’re taking steps to ensure that the threat of something going wrong is kept to a minimum, it’s always important to remember that there are no guarantees. Indeed, it’s best to live under the assumption that something will go wrong — that way, you can be as prepared as possible. To ensure that the impacts of bad things happening are kept to a minimum, you’ll need to invest in your staff. This means making sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire, but also Crisis Management training. This will help to keep your staff and customers safe in the event of a major incident.
Not all threats are visible. Take stress, for example. That can build up, up, and up entirely under the radar, yet can have a lot of damaging health consequences. As such, in order to best serve your staff, it’s important that you’re looking after their general well-being. Avoid piling too much work on, keep an eye on people who may be struggling, and also have an open-door policy so that people can talk to you if they’re beginning to feel the strain. It’ll make for a happier workplace.