office safe placeWhile employee safety may be initially thought of for those in the construction or manufacturing industry, workers outside of those two industries also need to be sure that they will be safe in all senses of the word, physically and otherwise. They should be able to feel that their workplace is safe for them to express opinions and know that their private information will stay private. It does not matter how big or small your business is; you should make the safety of your employees a top priority. Here are a few ways to do that.

  • Maintain a clean office. Any workplace that has a lot of garbage lying around usually reflects poorly on management and is an occupational hazard. Get rid of paper that is no longer needed or go paperless with online fax and e-mails if need be. Noise pollution is on the list of things that should not be present at work. Here is what the Safety Management Group has to say about it:

“Offices can be surprisingly noisy places. Even though the noise levels workers encounter typically aren’t intense enough to cause hearing loss, they can be a key contributor to stress and detract from morale.  Designing offices to separate workers from noisy equipment such as printers and ventilation equipment can help. In addition, increasing the distance between workstations or using noise-absorbing materials such as cubicle walls, carpeting, and acoustic tile can also lower the volume.” 

  • Keep your employees at work for reasonable hours. You think that keeping them at the office for extended periods of time will allow them to get more done but this is not the case, especially in the long run. They are bound to be tired and will commit more errors, requiring them to do double the work due to correcting their mistakes.

“Workers tend to develop classic symptoms when their workload gets too much to bear, such as poor memory, fatigue and bad time management. They also exhibit odd behaviors, working too much or too little in response to the level of stress in the workplace. Employers should be watching for these key symptoms and redirecting overworked employees to a more manageable situation.” –Lauren Hockenson, Mashable

Make sure they go to work every day without fear of being asked to stay until late.

  • Some people may think that offices are relatively safe and do not really make it a point to make a checklist of things that may cause the employees harm. To the leaders of the company, make it a point to care for their physical well-being, as well as other things. The injuries they can get from the office can come from a variety of sources, such as these from the UNSW Australia:
    • Equipment Hazards
    • Poor Housekeeping
    • Poor lighting
    • Poor ventilation
    • Staff unaware of emergency procedures
    • Temperature variations
    • Trailing Cables

Make sure your managers are trained very well. When employees can speak to their leaders freely about most anything, they are much safer. They can complain if there is faulty wiring and avoid getting others injured or say that they are feeling ill and not be pushed to work too hard. In fact, a good leader should ensure “a safe working environment for his employees enabling them to work without disturbance or fear. He also makes sure that their employees have the resources on hand to get their jobs done.” (Anamika S.)