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Keeping Your Employees As Safe As Possible Is Your Responsibility As Employer

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Hiring a team of employees isn’t a singular act, it’s a continual and engaged process that must be nurtured and developed. Over and above simply making sure your employees arrive to work on time and do the work they are hired to do, it’s important that you also give them the space necessary to complete their tasks with a whole host of added insurances. What are these insurances?

Well, we’d suggest that the primary one is giving your employees good working conditions and above all, keeping them safe. It is not your role as employer to act as a caregiver 24/7, but, especially if running your own business, it’s important to implement a set of education and systemic principles that can help them if the worst does happen. This article will help elucidate what those are, and what you can do to help truly.

Your Office

Your office needs to be hygienic, safe and preferably cleaned every night with an outsourced cleaning firm. The rental offices that you might have hired offices within might have this package as part of the deal. If you have an owned space for you to manage, then you might need to find this firm yourself. A dirty office kills productivity quickly, and due to the massive amount of activity that occurs in any office over the course of the day, the smells will pile up quickly. This can lead to illnesses, difficulties in organization, and simply losing employees because everyone would like a nice place to work. This is even true in traditionally messy environments, such as a restaurant’s kitchen. If the stations for food creation and storage aren’t clean, that not only isn’t a motivational killer, but it’s a health hazard for anyone eating food within and out of the kitchen. The saying goes that cleanliness is close to Godliness, and we’d agree.

However, cleaning isn’t the only responsibility you have as an employer. Fire hazards need to be thought about and improved, especially in older buildings which drastically need a reupholster. Not only does the installation of fire alarms and trippable alarm buttons demand your full attention, but maintaining these systems in the event of a fire of false triggering of these alarms matters too. Using fire alarm system maintenance provided by a specialist firm will be able to inform your fire escape strategy as well as making sure your systems are firing on all cylinders without question.

Your Privacy

Working privacy is something difficult to achieve in the modern workplace environment. Social media patterns and ease of access largely means that you have an added responsibility to keep your employee information under lock and key. If you use digital storage to keep hold of this information, then you should keep those areas under deep encryption and preferably under your own separate physical hard drives as opposed to easily breachable cloud storage. Using a VPN for all of your business requirements as well as deeply vetting any employees that apply for the job will keep your private workplace information where it belongs – away from prying eyes.

These tips are sure to help anyone truly wanting to give their employees the safety they deserve as a minimum.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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