While you might start out your business independently, you’re inevitably going to have to take staff on at some point. You need helping hands to allow your business to progress, expand and grow. Whether that’s an accountant, a customer service assistant, a graphic designer, a web developer, or anyone else whose skills can significantly benefit your brand.
But when you take on staff, you also take on a whole lot of responsibility. You need to ensure that your employees are safe and sound at all times while working for you. This involves providing them with a safe environment to work in and ensuring they can carry out the tasks you ask of them safely. Here are a few areas that you can focus on to achieve this!
Providing a Secure Work Environment
Chances are you screen your employees to ensure they don’t have a criminal record or history of violent or dangerous behaviour. It’s important that your employees are only exposed to each other, rather than just anybody having access to your office space. To make sure only your employees head in and out and to ensure that your employees can easily identify each other, here are a few steps you can take.
First, have some sort of code on the building to gain entry. You can usually have a pad on the door that your employees can key the code into. Next, issue an id lanyard to each member of staff. This could hold a security fob that grants them access through locked doors inside the building. Finally, install CCTV if necessary. This can ensure there’s footage of anybody breaking and entering.
Providing a Safe Working Environment
There are strict health and safety regulations in place for employers. You need to make sure you abide by all of them. One area that you can start out by focusing on is fire safety. Every workplace should have fire exits that are clearly signposted. Where possible, these should glow in the dark for extra visibility if power fails.
Next, you need to make sure there’s a fire protocol in place. This will ensure that all employees know exactly what to do in the case of a fire – leave the building calmly and head to a designated spot where everyone can be accounted for. On top of this, you should have equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other fire fighting basics at hand.
All staff should be trained in every aspect of their job. This will ensure that they can carry it out without posing a risk to themselves. Make sure staff know how to lift and carry heavy objects, as well as how to correctly operate any machinery you may be asking them to use.
Of course, you want your employees to be safe and well. A healthy and strong workforce is good for the people themselves and good for your company. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to achieve this goal!