Protect Your Staff At Work Using These Tips
Protecting your staff at work is an important part of running a business effectively. It is vital not to overlook this aspect of your operation. First and foremost it is your duty of care. Second, when your employees are safe, you can be confident that a lot less will go wrong within your business.
It’s good practice to always prioritise your workforce’s safety and wellbeing. So, read on to discover four tips to help you to better protect your staff within your business.
Have a Secure Way of Entering & Exiting
When it comes to entering and exiting the building, security can sometimes be lacking. You must put everything in place so that the right people are coming in and out of your building. There can often be those who try and walk into a building for a variety of reasons. When you have strangers roaming around your office, they present an unknown quantity to the people working there. It might sound a bit farfetched, but who knows what they could do or potentially take from the property.
For these reasons, it’s a wise move to set up some form of secure entry and exit system like an id card holder, for instance. You might also want to look at getting a security guard if you feel like that could be something that benefits the business more. It all depends on the type of business you have and the size of it. You might need to have different security options, and as basic security, you should be looking at having CCTV installed. Also, for smaller businesses, a good old signing in sheet can help you to keep an eye on who is coming in and out of your premises each day.
Ensure All Staff Have Thorough Inductions
When it comes to your staff training, it’s always good to put every staff member through a proper induction so that they know everything and anything about the building. Including anything that’s relevant to their safety and overall wellbeing.
Things like fire safety training can come at a later date. But ensuring new starters are aware of the fire evacuation policy (including important fire assembly points) and how that all works shouldn’t be overlooked.
Train Your Staff to Be Careful Online
Remember, health and safety is everyone’s priority, meaning your employees also have a responsibility to look out for themselves, each other, visitors, and the general public. With technology advancements occurring every day, the digital landscape must also be considered. Simply put, your staff are not only responsible for the safety of themselves and others in person but also online.
When they’re using the work computer or device, they are representing your company, and so they need to operate in a certain manner. It’s important to make sure that everyone is trained to navigate the online world safely and without having to feel like they’re putting themselves in a vulnerable position because of a lack of knowledge. Not only that but as a company, it’s important to be aware of what your staff knows and perhaps doesn’t know when it comes to cybersecurity.
Be There for Them Emotionally
I know from experience that workplace wellbeing has become a massive area of concern in the UK. With work-related stress levels skyrocketing globally, this issue is sure to become a bigger focus the world over sooner rather than later. By putting the right support in place, you can help to improve workplace wellbeing and lower stress levels. One of the best ways to protect your staff in this regard is to provide emotional support. Aim to always be there for your employees where you can be.
One to one meetings can be a great way to ensure your workforce is staying safe and that there are no problems within the workplace that you’re not aware of as an employer. The more you can do to provide support and protection to your staff in all senses of the word, the better relationship you’ll have with employees as a result. A little caring goes a long way to improve relationships and workplace productivity, all while reducing stress-related absence.
A Word to the Wise: Protect Your Own Wellbeing too
Protecting your staff within the business is important so try where you can to make the necessary improvements. Secure your property and teach your staff to navigate the online world safely. However, as the old saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” This is especially true when it comes to running a business or managing a team.
There is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders to protect others. But don’t forget to look out for your own health, safety, and wellbeing in the process. When you fill-up your own cup, you can better be there for your employees. For example, if you start to feel stressed, take a break.
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