Could you be putting your business at risk? You might be doing so on a daily basis, and sometimes without even realizing you are doing it.
Consider the following then, and relate yourself to them. If any of them are true to you, then it’s time to change your ways for the betterment of your business.
Daily Risk #1: Not Taking the Time to Inspect Your Work Premises
When was the last time you took a proper walk around your business premises? Or if you are working in the construction or maritime industries, when was the last time you visited the site where your workers are based each day? As a busy business owner, you might make a beeline to your office every day, without due regard for the people you have in your employ. This will be to your detriment, as if there are any health and safety issues prevalent within your business, then you are fast-tracking your way to a compensation claim from an injured employee. And yes, while you might be insured for such an instance, know that legal companies, such as Hofmann Law Firm’s maritime attorneys, are adept at seeing through the tactics insurance companies use to protect business leaders.
Make an effort to inspect your premises on a daily basis. One small fault could signify something larger, and that could lead to a health and safety nightmare. Turn up to work early so you have the time to inspect potential problem areas, and make spot checks throughout the day to ensure your employees are behaving responsibly. And if you do have offsite workers? Well, employ somebody to do these things on your behalf. The safety of your employees needs to be your priority, as not only will you be hit with the aforementioned compensation claim, but you might also lose your reputation if word gets out about your negligence.
Daily Risk #2: Closing Your Office Door to Your Employees
Okay, so you’re a busy person; we assumed that in our previous point. However, you should never be too busy for your employees. While you don’t want them getting in the way of your workload, you need to remember that there will be times when they need you. And if you aren’t there to respond? Well, any issues they are having will only get larger, and that could be to the detriment of your business. We are thinking of bullying reports, health and safety issues, and any other problem that could affect both your employees’ morale and the productivity of your business.
Make yourself available to your employees when they need you. By hearing about any issues that could disrupt your business, you will be able to deal with them sooner rather than later. Have an open-door policy then or, at the very least, encourage your employees to drop you an email so you can respond to any non-urgent problems at a time that best serves you.
So, are you putting your business at risk? If you have related to what we have said, turn the situation around by adhering to our suggestions. You will benefit your business in both the short and the long-term if you do.