When you’re a small business owner, you want to protect your employees. After all, they’re the ones who make your company work. It’s certainly a good feeling knowing that should something go wrong at the worst possible time, you’ve got your employee’s back. Here, we look at five ways you can protect your employees when something goes wrong.
Consider the employee’s track record
Whenever you are dealing with an employee who has done something wrong, consider their track record. This is very important in deciding what the proper discipline should be. If the issue seems to be a fluke, then you might actually take that into account when considering how to manage the situation.
Find out what went wrong
So, something went wrong. Your employee made a mistake and suffered from it. But why did that happen? How could they make such an awful decision? Was it a random mistake, or should you have prevented this from happening in the first place?
Implement an employee protection system
The duty of care or an employee protection scheme is one of the key legal requirements that employers need to adhere to. This means that employers must ensure that they do not place their employees in a negligent or dangerous position.
Ensuring that you have implemented appropriate measures such as employer’s liability insurance protects your business and your employees against any potential trouble should a claim be made.
Something will go wrong. It’s inevitable. Sure, you try to prevent things from going wrong, but there will always be some sort of employee accident, safety incident or other problem that needs to be handled. What’s the best way to handle it?
Well, educating your employees in advance is a big part of it. Employees should be educated about potential dangers in a specific environment and learn what to do if an issue occurs.
Offer hazard pay
If your employees face potential danger, some business owners offer them more money. This is called hazard pay. Employers use this to help attract and retain employees to dangerous jobs. It allows employees who work in high-risk environments or are likely to get into trouble when working to make more money than the average worker would in a similar job that’s less dangerous.
By not only considering your employees’ specific responsibilities but also how to handle potential disasters from fires to earthquakes and financial loss as a result of poor services, you can help minimise any damage and ultimately save lives and money.