After all, it’s likely that you go to great lengths to protect your business’s physical assets in one way or another, so why not the human assets, as well? Luckily, protecting your employees doesn’t have to be complicated. With some common sense preparations, you can have a safe, and thus productive, workplace.
Perform Background Checks
One of the easiest ways to help keep your employees safe is by keeping them safe from one another. A background check is a fairly inexpensive way to give yourself some peace of mind regarding the people whom you hire. While it won’t reveal everything or protect against every possible situation, it can help to weed out a lot of problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. Additionally, this step serves to protect you by showing that you made a good faith effort to keep your employees safe from others who might want to harm them.
Keep the Air Clean
Your employees depend on you to keep their work environment as safe as possible, and that includes the air they breathe. Since they’ll be in the same place for 8 hours or more, the quality of the air can have a major impact on their health- and yours, too. One common source of indoor contaminants is mold and mildew growing in the ceiling as a result of a leaky roof. If you notice stains on your ceiling, smell musty smells, or actually have water dripping into your building when it rains, it’s definitely time to have a professional like Sunvek come and investigate the problem before it gets any worse.
Provide Safety Gear
No matter what type of company you run, your employees may occasionally have to participate in activities which could be hazardous to their health without the proper safety gear. As a business owner, it’s important to think through each possible situation and provide safety gear to accommodate those situations, instead of only the situations you encounter on a day-to-day basis.
For example, if you’re a smaller business and your in-house employees are responsible for cleaning the bathroom, it’s important to provide gloves, face protection, and any other OSHA-required gear to ensure safety during this process. Even though this isn’t a part of your business’s focus, you still need to have the necessary supplies to ensure these tasks can be completed safely.
Protect Private Information
As a manager, it’s likely you have information about your employees that they wouldn’t necessarily want other people to know. Whether it’s information from their background check, about their economic status, or something else from their past or present, you wield a lot of power with the information you have.
Make sure this information is protected from everyone, guarding it just as you would any sensitive customer data. Don’t be lax about this information simply because it’s not a customer. Instead, show your employees that you can be trusted with sensitive information and they’ll continue to show you trust in the future.
Know Your Employees
One of the best ways to ensure your employees are protected is by listening to their concerns. They likely have unique insight into the ways in which the business could be improved to be safer since they are on the front lines of the business every day. Don’t be an armchair quarterback and make decisions regarding employee protection without first consulting them and continuing to consult them on an ongoing basis.