If you manage a factory shop floor, warehouse, farm, healthcare clinic, or construction site, then you’re probably in touch with the impact of safety on your bottom line and your company’s future. But in office environments, employers who should be placing safety first often tend to let this issue drop down to second, third or even lower on the list of priorities. Regardless of the nature of your workplace, injury and illness can strike at any time, and when they do, your employees lose morale and your company loses ground. Here are few steps managers can take to keep this from happening.
Workplace Injury Prevention
Your first line of defense against injury is prevention, and of course the easiest problems to solve are the ones that don’t happen in the first place.
1. Colds and flu are a safety issue, and countless work hours are lost each year due to illness outbreaks that could easily have been prevented. Post reminders in the breakroom and washroom encouraging employees to wash their hands properly, and keep hand sanitizers at the ready, especially during the flu season. Meanwhile, actively discourage a culture of heroism. When employees are sick, send them home. And go easy when it comes to praising those who “push through”.
2. Every workplace has its own unique set of dangers. Know what yours are and step out ahead of them. Icy sidewalks? Stairs with no railing? Be proactive. Don’t let the problem come to you.
3. Make sure managers walk the walk. Don’t just preach safety, practice it as well, and don’t let your managers cut corners. Hard hat rules are for everyone. So are issues related to machine operation and safe clothing.
Workplace Injury Response
1. Never write off an injury as a freak occurrence. Have clear protocols in place to handle every incident in which an employee either requires medical attention or loses work time. Document these incidents carefully, and conduct a post-incident assessment of lessons learned and necessary changes to company policy or the workplace environment.
2. Recognize patterns. Documentation isn’t helpful if it’s not accompanied by analysis. If an employee falls down the stairs once every six months, don’t just record each incident. After the second or third time, company decision makers need to anticipate the situation and take action.
3. Crack down on needless risk. Going bareheaded in a hard hat zone deserves more than a slap on the wrist. Studies show that when a company demonstrates its commitment to safety, employees actually feel greater levels of trust and turnover tends to drop.
When employees feel safe, they focus more of their attention on their jobs. They also tend to demonstrate greater loyalty and show higher levels of satisfaction with their work. Start this positive upward spiral in your workplace by reaching out to CSS for more workplace safety tips and guidelines. Arrange a consultation with our team of Little Rock staffing and business management experts.