When you have people working for you, it’s imperative that you have an infallible employee protection plan that safeguards your workers from all manners of hazards. Not only do you need to make sure that your workers are safe from environmental hazards, but they also have to be protected from harm. They can be hurt by violent complainants and customers, and criminals may break in and assault them.
If you’re still unsure about investing in employee protection, consider these reasons:
You Have to Protect Your Assets.
Your employees are part of those assets that help your business to work properly. Without these people, you don’t have a proper business at all.
In addition, if you fail to protect them then they can sue you for your negligence and take your other assets as recompense. You can be sued for millions and even if you negotiate a settlement you can end up losing a lot of money.
Your Employees Are More Productive.
Worker productivity can be reduced by perceived threats to one’s person. Customer service personnel may wish to actively avoid meeting customers with complaints if they’re afraid that things may escalate into violence. Security guards may avoid checking on certain areas because it’s too dark or too far away from other people. Nurses and doctors may not be at their best if they don’t take naps for fear that some violent patients may attack them.
What you need to do is to assuage that fear with proper security measures that can increase worker safety. These will allow your people to work more freely and with less anxiety, which should let them do their work better.
When you have a foolproof plan for worker safety, company morale inevitably rises. The workers realize that you do care for their safety, and it helps them to view your business (and yourself) in a more favorable light. Again, that’s a bonus for worker productivity.
What’s more, the respect that your workers will have for your company can encourage them to speak better for your brand. They’ll complain less about your business and instead praise you to their friends and families. It provides a nice boost of good publicity for your brand when people know that your workers value your brand.
You Avoid Negative Publicity.
When you neglect to address worker safety, then sooner or later people will know about it. This will lead them to harbor a negative view of your brand. What does it say about your company if you don’t have a proper plan to ensure the safety of your own people? Your customers will think that if you don’t care about the people who work for you, then there’s a good chance you don’t care about the customers either.
If your people get hurt, it’ll be on the news and it’ll generate bad publicity for your business. If your company gets sued, you also suffer from the negative media attention that will invariably follow.
These things can have an indelible effect on your brand. Some brands don’t even recover from the bad publicity, and you probably will have to start over with a new name for your business.
Investing in a proper worker safety plan is the right thing to do even in just the moral sense. But even in a strict business sense, it’s smart. You will spend less on proper security measures and gain lots of good publicity and improved worker productivity. Fail to invest in this plan, and you stand to lose profits from negative publicity and lawsuits.
So invest in a plan to protect your workers properly — in every way that matters, it’s the right thing to do.