Keep Your Workplace Safe

September 14, 2016

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In today’s world, safety is a matter of surmount concern. You cannot take things for granted and hence every employer needs to carefully handle the matters pertaining to workplace safety.

Here you can find a few steps to help you increase place workplace safety.

Create a safe environment

It is important to cultivate a safe, non-fear based environment in the workplace. Parenting provides a great metaphor; it is easy to mistakenly think that a spanking will elicit a behavioral change. While it might appear to work in the short term, the long-term ramifications are far too costly. The same goes for the workplace. When everyone is walking on eggshells, employee concerns are buried deep under the surface. This increases the risk of a sudden workplace violence.

Hazard free workplace

In a workplace where heavy equipment is handled regularly, it is possible for accidents to occur. Electric hazards and even keyboards could pose a potential threat to your employees. To ensure that your workplace is safe, conduct routine maintenance and housekeeping checks for possible hazards. Frequently check for proper ergonomic conditions. Check all equipment for unsafe wear and tear and make replacements whenever needed. It always helps to educate workers on identifying hazards and risks and how they could tackle them. Make sure employees wear necessary protective equipment.

Instill check-ins.

The morale of your employees is the most important thing. Without employees a business is nothing. Make sure your managers are checking in with their employers regularly. For example, at a restaurant, you can have waiters fill out forms on how their day has been and you can gauge from the feedback they provide. So for instance, one particular day a waiter says his day was a 3 on a scale of 5 but for the next 2 consecutive days it is a 1 then you need to go and talk to the waiter and understand the problem. Similarly for everyone else, you can adapt this technique to your business as well. Morale of employees is not optional- it is your business.

Put in extra efforts when hiring

While we all like to trust our gut when it comes to people, studies show that some of the best executives make the worst hiring decisions. It is important to rely on background checks and references before making a hiring decision. When you check references, don’t only ask about the candidate’s ability to reach sales goals, ask for a story of when he helped a colleague or a time when she didn’t use her best judgment. Hire for character as much as skill set.

If you see something, say something

As an employee, it is your responsibility to contribute to the workplace safety. When you see an employee acting erratically, it is your duty to say something to a manager. The higher up an executive is, the less likely they are to know what is really happening. If you are not yet in the C-suite, you are more likely to be interacting with many different people and departments all day long. Ensure that if you hear something that needs to be reported, which could potentially lead to workplace violence or anything of the sort, do that. Prevention is always better than cure.

Workplace safety is an important aspect which should not be taken lightly. If you need any help with organizing safety for your workplace or hiring security guards for particular events, check out GPS-Security group. All your needs will be handled professionally.

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