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Keeping Your Employees Safe in the Workplace

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If you are an employer, then you are responsible for the happiness and well-being, as well as the safety of your employees. This can be really obvious to some people, but if you are new to management, or have a very small business and have only just got employees, so might not be aware of what you need to be doing. But keeping things that they use safe, working well, and making sure that your team are healthy and happy is a really good idea. It isn’t good enough to simply point out some fire escapes or just having a poster that where the exits are or the escape route. There are so many threats these days, from cybercrime to hacking, so there are several different things to think about. So how can you make sure that you are doing enough to help? Here are some ideas to be put into place. 

Assess the Environment

You do need to think about what threats or aspects of health and safety that you need to think about for your workplace specifically. Are things like electrical sockets up to scratch? Are your office windows in working order and safe? What could people trip and fall over? There can be some simple changes that you can do to fix these kinds of things, but for things like threats to cybercrime, there needs to be some specific training to help to keep your team safe and looked after. Their immediate safety is important, though, so make sure they are working in a safer place and have access to things like fire alarms that work. 

Look out for Strange Behavior

If you think that someone close to you is committing a crime, then all the experts talk about looking for strange behavior. You know when you’re children are up to something as they act strange; so will employees. So if someone is normally quite up-beat and cheery, and then they suddenly change with no other explanation, then keep an eye out for any odd behavior.

Right Equipment

There are certain tasks and jobs that need to have certain pieces of equipment, otherwise these things will be really hard to implement. Someone could life heavy items in a warehouse without the right kind of lever hoist, for example. So to keep your team safe, doing the things that they have to do on a day to day basis, then you need to think about what they need to get the job done. It could be something like ore sturdy shoes for employees in a warehouse, to a better, more ergonomic desk, for those people based in an office and sat at a desk. 

Accidents can happen, and some of them can be unavoidable. However, if you have put plans in place, then it will mean that things will be much safer and those risks will be reduced. So be a proactive employer, and one that looks into safety and well-being of your team. It is a worthwhile thing to invest in. 

 

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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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