People spend an average of eight hours a day at work. As a boss, this is a total of 40 hours per week that you’re responsible for the health and wellbeing of your employees. It sounds like a heavy burden, but that’s why you’re the boss. Your employees will respect you more as their leader if you prove that you’re making an effort to ensure their safety while they’re at work, which will go a long way towards improving your relationship with them. Here are several ways you can make your office safe for employees at work.
Much like you would take precautions to prevent someone breaking into your house, you need to make sure no one is likely to break into the office when no one is around. Break-ins don’t just rob people of possessions, they rob them of their sense of safety and security. Make sure this doesn’t happen to your employees by installing alarms, locking up the building at night, and liaising with the building’s security team if you have one. No one should be able to get into the building outside office hours, except the people who work there.
When you run a company with several employees, you need to know about the standards of working conditions and what is expected of you as their boss. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to assure safe and healthful working conditions by setting the standards, and providing training, education, and assistance to ensure that these standards were enforced. As a business owner, you might benefit from OSHA training to be certain you are doing everything you should be doing to keep your employees safe and happy. It might also help to include the managers, supervisors, and department heads in this training.
Emergencies can happen, and being prepared for them ahead of time is vital. Holding regular fire drills might be annoying, but they will save lives if every member of staff knows where the nearest exit is, and is able to evacuate in a timely manner. You don’t need to have a fire drill every week, but you should definitely have them more than once a year. If you live in an area where other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, are likely, you should also hold drills for these events.
Open door policy
Some health and safety risks aren’t physical, or even obvious. Sometimes an employee is at risk because of their coworkers or their superiors. Each member of staff needs to know that they can come to you with a complaint against their colleague and that you will take them seriously. They also need to know that, should a complaint be made about them, they will heard impartially. It’s a tough act to juggle, but it means a lot to have a boss who listens, doesn’t judge, and brings about a fair conclusion to internal conflict. In the long run, this will always ensure a positive work environment.