Some Rules are Essential The overall safety and health in the workplace depends upon sensible rules. When each person knows that everyone who works there is expected to follow the same rules, it can reduce the risk of noncompliance. One of the most important rules in any workplace should be for employees to stay home when they are sick. While this may seem to be nothing more than common sense, you may be surprised at how frequently it is ...
Some Rules are Essential
The overall safety and health in the workplace depends upon sensible rules. When each person knows that everyone who works there is expected to follow the same rules, it can reduce the risk of noncompliance.
One of the most important rules in any workplace should be for employees to stay home when they are sick. While this may seem to be nothing more than common sense, you may be surprised at how frequently it is dismissed. First, the person who is ill cannot do his job very well. Even if he puts in a full day at work, less will get done and the quality will suffer. If he works in a group setting, it can have a negative effect on the entire group’s projects.
Second, when an employee insists upon going to work with a contagious illness, he is putting everyone he works with at risk of becoming ill. From strep throats to the flu, a contagious employee can sabotage everyone’s health. “Stay home when you are sick” needs to be one of the top rules in any workplace setting.
Another important rule is to immediately notify one’s supervisor or other person in charge of any and all on-the-job injuries. Even if it is relatively minor, having injuries assessed immediately can prevent unnecessary complications. Lawsuits over on-the-job injuries, worker’s compensation, and prolonged absences from the job due to injury can be minimized when any injury is checked as soon as it occurs.
Depending upon the nature of the job, there are instances in which immunizations should be a part of the company’s rules. For example, employees who routinely work with potentially-dangerous instruments and equipment can increase their health and safety by keeping their tetanus shots updated. Employees and employers who work in group settings, especially during the winter months, should make flu vaccinations a regular part of their personal health care routines. These factors are for the benefit of the individual, as well as for the company as a whole.
The less risk each person is of contracting an illness or sustaining an on-the-job injury, the more it will benefit the individual, the company, and everyone else who works there. Every person should be encouraged to apply the highest standards to his or her own personal health care.
You may be familiar with businesses which operate on the principle that it is essential and even honorable to never miss a day of work. While this is a good theory, it is not necessarily as good in practice. When employees feel that they will be rewarded for attendance, it encourages them to go to work when they are ill and to not report injuries.
Acknowledging compliance with your company’s health and safety rules is a much better approach. While an employee should not expect to be rewarded for doing what he is supposed to do anyway, creating an overall work atmosphere of acknowledging compliance as being positive is a very useful approach.
The popular practice of rewarding one hundred percent attendance can lead to health and safety risks. This is as true in the business world as it is in the many school systems which also operate under this practice. One hundred percent attendance should not be the goal for a thriving company which has its employees’ interests in mind. A one hundred percent record of the workplace being without on-the-job injuries or health concerns is much better.
When going to work each day does not include unnecessary worries over health and safety issues, the entire workplace will be more productive.
One good approach is to appoint a committee to oversee your company’s health and safety issues. They can keep track of whether the rules are being followed, and address any problems which may occur. Your safety committee can post relevant signs in the office or at the jobsite, circulate memos, and other easy tasks to keep everyone up to date. A company newsletter is also a good idea for keeping everyone informed.
While accidents, other injuries, and illness do occur, there will be less risk of these problems when everyone is involved in keeping the workplace free from accidents and illness. Acknowledging when everyone is doing his or her part to keep the workplace healthy and safe is a much better approach than rewarding people for going to work.
You Need a Backup Plan
Whether you work alone, in an office, or on a jobsite, you need a backup plan to keep everything running smoothly. A good way to start is to think about these topics, and adjust them accordingly to suit your particular place of business.
When a job needs to be done, it needs to be done. Whether you are dealing with deadlines or basic productivity, an illness or injury preventing you from working can cause everything to come to a standstill. As illnesses and injuries do occur from time to time, it is best to have a backup plan in mind...