Your employees are the livewire of your business. Without them, your business will cease to exist. Your employees do not only deserve to be protected but also to have the best protection your business can afford.
Despite your best efforts and intention, accidents are bound to happen in the workplace. Serious injuries to your employees can set your business back financially, operationally and in other significant ways. Below are tips to keep your workers safe and protected from harm.
1. Develop an emergency plan
Think through different emergency scenarios — both man-made and natural — and come up with a plan on how you will respond to each scenario. When the plan is ready, institutionalise it by including it in your company policies and train your staff based on the plan.
To protect yourself and your business, enlist the help of a lawyer to look at the plan and plug any loopholes. In addition, get insurance for your employees and business to serve as further protection.
2. Run periodic simulation exercises
Documenting your emergency response process is good, but it’s useless if your workers forget it a month later. To prevent this, run a regular drill to see how well your plan will work in the face of danger. You’ll be surprised at how different the simulation will play out than what’s written in your emergency doctrine.
3. Keep employees’ personal information safe
Nothing can be more damaging to your business than seeing your employees’ personal information exposed to the public. You will not only lose the trust of your employers but also the trust of your customers and the general public.
It is your obligation as an employer to ensure your workers’ personal information are safe. If you store your employees’ personal information digitally, ensure it is encrypted with the latest encryption technology.
4. Teach your staff to defend themselves
The lives of your employees can be threatened by a violent person, so empowering your employees with self-defence is not simply a perk, but a necessity. Do not wait until there is an attack on your employees before you buy that security alarm. Send them to that self-defence course, or equip them with security gadgets they could use to fend off assailants.
5. Have health and safety policy
Creating health and safety policy will make employees take you seriously on safety. But it shouldn’t end at simply creating policies, you must educate your employees to implement these policies and enforce them by penalising any employees who flout any of your health and safety code.
Your health and safety policies must be easily accessible at all times and should be part of your onboarding and induction process for new workers regardless of their positions.
You should know that a health and safety policy is not a nice-to-have, it is required by law if you have five or more people in your employ.
6. Seek professional advice.
If creating safety policy and an emergency plan is beyond you, you should seek professional help. You can enlist the help of law enforcement agencies, private consultant, or a security company to help you out.
Employee safety should be one of your priorities. Never wait for bad things to happen before you put safety measures in place to protect your employees. Remember, your employees are one of your most important assets and failing to protect them can spell doom for your business.