Safety is something most businesses look at is a requirement. While yes, they can get fined for not providing a safe environment, the real reason why it’s important runs much deeper than that. Safety isn’t just a key to providing a consistently quality place of work; it’s a means to develop the future of your business. And by implementing a few steps to take the extra mile, your firm could be set on success for a long time.
Up-To-Date Tools means an Up-To-Date Process
While the upfront costs are hefty, buying new/up-to-date equipment for your team will not only offer a safer environment but increase productivity as well.
First, new equipment provides you with a much wider range of access to educational resources, providing a seamless training process. Additionally, as there’s less chance of the machine breaking down, you won’t have to worry as much about employees getting injured trying to fix it themselves, as well as will have mechanics available that are up-to-date on how the machine works. And when you add one of the most primary aspects to updating your equipment, processes will run more smoothly and efficiently, saving you both time and money.
Whichever way you equate what specific tools are needed (as well as how much their worth) is dependent upon their usage over time. But with whatever you choose, know that the overall goal is for the short term costs will far exceed the long-term benefits.
Injuries Are Incredibly Costly
For most businesses, it’s a nightmare for someone to get hurt at the workplace. Not only are injuries expensive, but the potential of finding a new employee can be financially damaging as well. Plus, when you factor in the aspects of liability and lawsuits, an accident at work could be a nightmare.
OSHA estimates that on average, employers spend over $1 billion in workers compensation per week. And while the amounts of workers compensation can vary dependent upon the case, that number is still pretty staggering, even when factoring in damages, medical bills, etc. It’s no secret that having someone be injured at your business is expensive, which is why you should take the precautions to make sure you’re covered.
As we mentioned above, getting new equipment can be a great start, but there are multiple levels of liability beyond that. Some questions you might want to ask are: What liability have employees signed over? Do they understand the risks involved in the job? Were they properly trained? Is there signage clarifying processes? What does our insurance cover?
That list only scratches the surface as to what you should dig into when it comes to protecting yourself in the chance of an accident. Take some time to sit down and do your research, as well as counsel with a lawyer. Protecting your business while you’re ahead will not only take care of yourself but your employees as well.
Showing Them You Care Provides a Better Environment for Employee Happiness
No matter where you’ve worked, being a safe, comfortable, and clean environment has almost always been an expectation. And rightfully so, if we’re expected to show up and do our jobs, we want to be able to in a place that shows they have our best interest. Yet, many companies try to look at this area of a way to cut costs, which can be damaging beyond repair for most.
Not only will your firm receive bad word of mouth as a place to work, but it will also create a hostile for employees. A high-level of turnover will lead to a lack of transparency in training, resulting in a breakdown in communications. More, employees will also be under a considerable more amount of stress due, causing fatigue and a lower sense of morale. However, by showing your employees you care, it will not only get everyone off on equal footing but establish a sense of community.
As every business has some sense of culture, how they build that up is based on if they’re fostering an environment where people feel like they’re a part of a family. One that cares about the things going on in our lives, and are able to help accordingly. That element is crucial to your success because, without it, there’s no real reason to want to help your firm grow. Treat your people well, and they’ll do the same for a long time.