Proactive Steps To Protect Your Employees
Employers take on a raft of responsibilities. There are rules and regulations in place to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries and champion employee rights, but often, it’s possible for company bosses to go further. In this guide, we’ll outline some proactive steps you can take to protect your employees.
Health and safety
Health and safety should be a priority for every business owner and team leader. Accidents are not always preventable but having robust measures and comprehensive policies in place can help to lower risks dramatically. Ensure that your business is fully compliant and then look for ways to go above and beyond the basics to offer additional protection.
Check equipment regularly and encourage staff members to report accidents and safety hazards. Provide training and make sure your team has the tools needed to do the job safely and effectively. Try to create an open culture. If your employees have concerns about their health at work, or they feel like there is room for improvement, they should be able to come to you or their line manager.
Carry out frequent risk assessments, listen to employee feedback and address issues promptly.
Insurance offers protection for both employers and employees. As a company boss, or the director of an organization, firm or practice, it’s wise to explore your options. You can take out insurance policies through the business to cover your employees or advise your employees to buy specific policies.
From malpractice protection for doctors to public liability insurance for construction workers, there are policies available for specific industries as well as general business insurance. Investing in insurance can help to protect against financial losses, shield your company’s reputation and reduce stress and anxiety for your employees.
Mental well-being and morale
A recent survey suggests that over 82% of US employees experience work-related stress. Stress levels are rising and mental health disorders have become increasingly prevalent in the last decade. Many companies have made strides in terms of promoting physical health, but there is a long way to go in terms of the discussion about mental health. As a society, we are still much more comfortable talking about our bodies than our minds.
As an employer, it’s critical to recognize the importance of nourishing mental well-being and tackling risk factors for poor mental health. Talk to your employees and ask them about their health and well-being. Identify issues that could have a negative impact on well-being, such as workload, and be proactive in creating inclusive, happy, diverse workplaces.
Encourage flexibility and a healthy work-life balance. Explore options, such as mental health benefits for your employee work package and workshops and courses to improve psychological well-being.
When you employ people, you take on a wide range of responsibilities. There are laws and regulations in place for employers to follow, but often, business owners can do more to protect workers. If you run an organization, prioritize health and safety, invest in comprehensive insurance and be proactive in championing physical and mental health and well-being.