2020 has been a year of continuing crisis, for both governments and private businesses. If you’re running an organisation kind, then preparing for disaster might suddenly seem like a relevant and worthwhile use of your time. The next problem that rolls around could strike even harder than coronavirus – but even if it doesn’t, any steps you might take to prepare for the blow might be steps worth taking. This is particular so when your employee’s safety is at risk. Businesses which fail to adapt quickly enough face reputational risk – which will need to be managed by the right legal expertise.
Let’s take a look at a few of the measures that might protect your employees from harm during a crisis.
Have a response management team
When disaster strikes, you’ll need to be able to respond quickly and decisively. That means having a nominated group of people in place to meet, make decisions, and implement them. Having to pick this group after the fact will create unnecessary delay, which will harm the quality and speed of any decisions made.
Be transparent & responsive
If your decision-making process is opaque, then your employees won’t be able to trust in it. They need to be able to see why a certain decision has been taken if they’re to have faith that it’s the right decision. If employees feel that you don’t have their best interests at heart, then they won’t be able to work as effectively. They might even take the decision to jump ship to a more considerate business.
Ensure PPE is used when necessary
In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, the availability of PPE was a widespread concern. That doesn’t mean that we need to stockpile facemasks and sanitizer – after all, the next crisis might be one that can’t be averted using these devices. However, we should but into place procedures which ensure that PPE is used when it’s called for.
Create a safe workplace culture
Comprehensive training will help create a safe space, where injury is unlikely. Employees should be able to identify potential risks, and be rewarded for reporting and eliminating them. Signage should be used to mark locations where hazards are present. Tools should be regularly examined and maintained, as a single point of failure could create an injury.
By putting in place regular procedures to instil this culture, you’ll be able to ensure that your employees develop the right habits. They’ll find the sight of trailing cables and unwashed hands intolerable. This, ultimately, is what will ensure that the workplace is a safe one.