As an employer, you have a legal obligation to keep your staff happy and safe in their work environment at all times. Doing so involves knowing the risks involved in the line of work, and teaching how best to avoid dangerous situations by providing thorough training, planning exercises, drills, health and safety courses, and carrying out observation and inspection. You need to be happy knowing that your team understands the dangers involved in the role, that they’re able to lead and instruct other workers safely. They should be well equipped to manage emergency situations, and to provide emergency aid if called upon.
Health and Safety Courses
Health and safety courses are a vital component in ensuring your employees stay safe when carrying out their everyday roles. Without them, your team cannot know the best ways to prevent harm to themselves and others. Taking part in regular courses such as those held by Phoenix Health & Safety can get your team thinking and acting in accordance of safety measures, and staying engaged with, and aware of, the space around them. Once they’re informed, they can protect themselves on a daily basis.
Encourage Regular Breaks
Without a break from their work, your team can lose concentration on what they’re doing as they grow increasingly tired, unfocused, and hungry. They need to stay alert in order to avoid injury and burnout, so schedule at least three breaks throughout the day – these needn’t be long breaks but they should give your employees enough time to relax and enjoy a drink, for example. They shouldn’t be allowed to become fatigued, so keep a watchful eye over staff and be approachable so that they know they can come to you should they require a few extra minutes to gather themselves before undertaking a job, especially if the work is reasonably dangerous.
Limit Workplace Stress
Workplace stress can have a huge impact on the health of your team. This can then result in having a high staff turnover, increased sickness and absenteeism, and a severe lack of staff morale. In order to limit workplace stress, you should listen to them and ask directly what they think could be done to reduce bad feeling, worry, and stress. It should go without saying, but you need to follow a zero tolerance policy in which you will not, under any circumstances, tolerate workplace bullying and intimidation. You also need to delegate tasks effectively, and avoid piling work on top of a select few members of your team.
During the hiring and selection process, try and hire those who are comfortable leading a team, have experience in doing so, and are more than capable at both giving and listening to instruction. Leaders will know how to take charge on the job, and will be willing to teach others to follow in their footsteps. This way, you can more or less guarantee on these individuals keeping your safe team and stepping up to the mark and acting quickly when the need for leadership arises.