It’s understandable that companies spend resources to bring new employees up to speed. But do companies spend an equal amount of resources on employee health and workplace safety guidelines?
As a business, companies have only one goal and that’s to make money. Not only do they spend on necessities to generate profit, but also cut down on others for more profit.
While some companies see employees as investments, others see them as liabilities. Even within a company, there’s a hierarchy among employees.
For instance, owners tend to take care of management and executive level employees. Employees who bring in sales also might enjoy some privileges. But for common workers or the bottom feeders, they’re inconsequential.
Health and Workplace Safety Guidelines and Training Programs for Employees
Usually, larger companies would have training programs for executive level employees. Almost always, these programs are to keep key employees updated. In other words, companies equip employees with knowledge that benefits the business.
For the vast majority of businesses, though, there are no training programs at all. This means that most employees receive training when they first started. Once they find their way in the company, they do the same thing over and over again during their employment.
It makes sense.
Why should companies continue to train employees if they’re doing mundane jobs?
Why should companies spend resources training employees if it doesn’t benefit their business?
Unfortunately, most companies fail to see the importance of training employees. Furthermore, most companies also fail to train their employees on health and workplace safety.
“Anything that can go wrong,” according to Murphy’s Law, “will go wrong.” Is it farfetched to think that a workplace may compromise the health and safety of employees?
Employee Health and Safety in the Workplace
Business owners are willing to spend if spending results in more profit.
For instance, they hire marketing experts to coach sales teams with advanced selling techniques. As a result, the sales teams are able to generate more sales.
But when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, do companies spend as much?
Is the health of employees and their safety even a concern?
Healthy Employee Workplace
Having a healthy environment in the workplace is important to employees. It’s not only about employees getting sick and not being able to work, but also showing them some love.
One of the top reasons why employees leave a company is because of asshole bosses. But do you know one of the top reasons why employees stay longer with a company?
A reader commented, “I have to admit that before, I find it hard to leave my job because of my boss.”
Employees leave or stay because of how they feel and so, it’s in the best interest of companies to care.
One of the best ways to show care is in making sure that employees have a healthy working environment.
For example, a company might want to develop a health awareness program. Here, they can coach employees on ways to take care of themselves in performing their duties. Even a simple advice such as caring for the eyes while using a computer can make employees feel cared for.
One thing that’s common in almost all kinds of jobs is stress.
We all know stress is one of the top reasons for poor health in old age. Even worse, stress increased the risk of chronic degenerative diseases.
A company caring for its employees might have a weekly fun program to reduce the stress levels. Not only does it benefit employees and their long-term health, it also promotes positivity. As a result, employees would have a more upbeat mood that increases their productivity. It’s also likely that employees would work better together.
Safe Employee Workplace
Besides general safety guidelines, different companies and industries would have its unique safety issues.
As a general rule, it is important for companies to train employees on safety in the workplace. Also important is that companies should provide proper safety equipment and tools. Furthermore, anything the employee uses must conform to safety standards.
Companies can do better than training employees to get the job done. They could also incorporate safety in doing their jobs.
Come to think of it.
A good training on workplace safety is to do a fire drill or earthquake drill once a year.
Besides training, employees might need to have safety tools.
An example would be a construction company.
For the sake of complying with safety standards, the contractor provides safety helmets. But a contractor who cares for the employees wouldn’t buy the cheapest helmets. Instead of cutting cost, the contractor would choose safety helmets that offer superior protection.
How about this?
The contractor has a high-quality ladder at the home garage that is not used. But on construction sites, workers use cheap ladders despite the heavy usage. As a consequence of using inferior ladders, the risk of an accident is higher.
It’s understandable to use cheaper alternatives if there are no safety issues. But there are equipment and tools that could pose a threat to health and compromise safety.
Keeping Employees Healthy and Safe Is a Good Investment
It’s human to act and do things in exchange for a benefit.
Companies are like that too.
There’s a reason why companies fail to give importance to health and workplace safety. And that’s because they do not see how it benefits them. In most cases, they thought saving on expenses means more profit.
As explained earlier, employees need to feel appreciated and cared for. Companies can do that by providing a healthy and safe working environment.
Companies could also have a weekly fun session to relieve employees from stress. It could be any activity, or even better, coaching on health and safety. Not only do they learn and feel cared for, it’s also a good bonding time with colleagues for better teamwork.
As a result, companies can expect to have motivated employees with higher productivity.
Stop thinking about health and safety programs as expenses.
These are investments companies make that benefits the bottom line.