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Protecting your employees from injury at work is an essential part of managing a business (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-of-telephone-booth-257736/)
A survey published last year stated that in 2016, 1.3 million workers suffered from work-related illnesses in the UK alone. The same year saw 609,000 injuries taking place in the workplace and this resulted in a combined 31.2 million working days being lost due to employees being unable to perform their duties.
The lack of implementation of appropriate health and safety measures at work is not only detrimental to your workers’ health, but it could end up costing you big money. Here’s what you should be doing in your company in order for it to remain a safe and happy environment for your employees.
Implement appropriate health and safety practices
The statistics are out, and these are still worrying. Despite many employers’ efforts to minimise the occurrence of injuries at work, these are still very present in our society, and we should be alarmed. The workplace ought to be a safe place where your employees are able to work without having to worry about their health being in danger. 2016 saw 144 fatal injuries in the workplace and this poses a great cause for concern. Whilst it is impossible to follow every one of your workers and see how they perform their duties, it is possible to have your company put appropriate health and safety practices in place. This health and safety procedure guide for employers will help you better manage health and safety standards at work.
Adopt a good work-life balance so that your employees can do the same
We live in a society that is constantly struggling to define what constitutes a good work-life balance. There have been many news stories around this topic, as well as around the importance for workers to have enough time off to avoid injuries in the workplace and maintain good mental health. According to a government study published this year, those aged between 25 and 34 in the UK were the unhappiest group when it came to their work-life balance. Whilst your business is there to see results, these need to happen in a healthy atmosphere, and high levels of pressure will be detrimental not only to the health of your workers but also to your company’s performance. This work-life balance guide might be a useful document you could read through to better your workers’ current conditions.
Listen to your employees
The relationships you build with your employees as well as the relationships your employees build with other workers are key to creating a good working environment. Successful leaders encourage positive relationships as these will boost employee productivity and mental well-being in your company. A study published in 2015 concluded that as much as 13 percent of the UK’s active population feels their relationships at work are poor or very poor. As a leader, listening to your employees is an important aspect of your job. Richard Branson once said “leadership is not just about giving energy…it’s unleashing other people’s energy”, and in order to do that you need to listen. Whether they want to voice messages about work or their personal lives, you need to make sure you provide a safe environment for your workers to do so. Forbes’ guide to effective listening is worth a read!
Learn to delegate
Apart from being a good listener, a successful leader must know the meaning of being able to delegate. Football provides a good example for making this point, as who hasn’t seen a player not pass the ball to one of his colleagues in an attempt to show off and score that goal for himself? There have been many examples in history of missed goals due to a player’s refusal to share his efforts with another player in the name of ego. Managing is about being a boss, but this doesn’t mean you need to dictate every aspect of the job. You will be good at certain things, whilst your colleagues will be experienced in other areas. A successful business is all about teamwork and this means trusting your team to deliver their best results in an effort that will be led by you. Read more about the benefits of job delegation.
Your workplace should be somewhere where respect for one another is encouraged and good health and safety practices are adopted. With the above tools in place, we have no doubt you will turn your business into a dream workplace that will lead to higher satisfaction rates amongst your employees and a higher turnover for your company.