By Ralph Goodman, lead writer at the Lock Blog
Safety is key to running an efficient workplace. An employee, who feels safe is calmer, more collected, and flourishes in their environment. When workers are getting injured on the job, this rattles morale and creates complications that distract from growing the business. And if something horrible happens, the company may even suffer devastating periods of downtime. Once you understand the importance the role of safety plays in cultivating an efficient work environment, you can begin making your business better and your employees more secure.
Peace of Mind
Taking the time to create safety plans, effectively training your employees in emergency response drills, and creating easy to follow security/safety policy, creates a culture of work safety. When workers know the risks, how to avoid dangers, and how to respond to an emergency, they feel safer. This peace of mind is especially important after a violence or natural disaster. Even if these shocking events do not take place in your company, or even your country, people still become concerned.
With increased safety training and planning, workers are less likely to be shaken by the terrifying things that happen in the rest of the world. Knowing that they can come to work and be safe, keeps employees in a headspace that allows them to work efficiently even during times of turmoil. If you can create the feeling of protection for your workers, then this minimizes distractions and possible absences due to fear.
Workplace injuries are horrible. When someone is injured at a work site, you lose a good worker and even the focus of the people who knew him or her. Other employees have their peace of mind rattled. These instances can make it very difficult for workers to perform efficiently. Trust can sometimes be lost between the company and the employees.
In order to decrease the risk of workplace injuries, you need to take stock of the safety risks that the business faces. For example, if you are in the construction field, you may want to center your safety planning on preventing falls. Any injury can result in legal troubles, replacement workers (permanent or temporary), etc. When these issues come up, it is hard to focus on growing the business. With a safer staff, you are guaranteeing that they can focus on work.
Issues, where safety and security have been compromised, can result in significant downtime. This means that workers are not working, which could be due to injury, building damage, hiring new employees, etc. It is during these periods that efficiency is affected at the moment, but it also leads to a domino effect of falling behind. Efficient companies run like clockwork, and any significant disruption can have consequences that reverberate throughout the business.
Even small upsets to safety planning can create downtime that adds up. If opening procedures are not followed correctly, employees may find themselves in the midst of an office lockout. This issue can be solved by better security planning, and even presents several safety concerns. Key control is a perfect way to make sure you are putting reliable people in charge.
Once you establish a culture of safety in the workplace, your business can focus on efficiency. Employees can feel at ease and concern themselves only with their daily tasks. No one will need to worry about the distractions and devastation caused by the fallout of a work-related injury. And the company will not have to stop running just to deal with an issue. A safe business is safe to grow.