Employeesserve as the most valuable assets that any enterprise owns. Theirsafety must be protected by the business at all cost. Workplacesafety entails eradicating any risks that employees, as well asvolunteers, may be prone to in their place of work. Protecting theemployees allows the business to reduce the costs incurred in payingfor the employee`s insurance on the medical bill as well ascompensation made when employee acquire injuries in the workstation(Nielsen et al. 2016). Workplace safety also facilitates in reducingthe time lost while some of the employees are on sick leave and extracosts incurred while hiring temporary labor. Most importantly,workplace safety brings about a crucial aspect of employee managementin that it makes the employees feel safe and more confident whiledoing their work. These factors contribute in boosting the employee’smorale thus enhancing their productivity and enlightening thebusiness performance (Nielsen et al. 2016).
Thehazardous factors in the place of work should be determined byconducting an analysis of the tools, machinery and the conditions ofthe particular workplace. These elements facilitate in identifyingaspects that may bring about harm, or that may cause health effectsto the employee. For instance, in a manufacturing company, one of theemployees acquired injuries from a machine that became defectivewhile processing products. However, the defectiveness of the deviceoccurred over time, and the employees had frequently requested themanagement team to either repair it or replace it (Nielsen et al.2016). Nevertheless, the managers ignored their requests by claimingthat the employees wanted work made easier for them at the expense ofthe company’s revenue. On that fateful day, the employee switchedon the equipment to initiate the processing phase but the machinebroke down dropping heavy goods on the worker. The incidents broughtabout mixed reactions among the other workers who threatened to suethe company or get compensation. Additional requirements for theemployees included implementation of better workplace safetystrategies as well as communication policies. Besides, the companyincurred huge expenses in catering for the medical costs as well ascompensation for the injuries the employee acquired (Nielsen et al.2016).
Therefore,the best practices in avoiding such incidents include promoting andrewarding safety measures at work with the aim of creating awarenessand making employees more cautious in reducing injuries. Theemployees should also be trained on how to be careful while handlingthe machinery as well as the precautionary measures to take while intheir place of work (Nielsen et al. 2016). These should be followedclosely by training the employees on the importance of workplacesafety. These aspects portray a positive image for the firm in thatit makes the employees feel more motivated to work with the companythus reducing staff turnover.
Besides,when companies are persuaded to maintain an excellent employee safetyprogram, they always have benefits to the business progress. Whenemployees ensure and maintain cautiousness in their workplace, thefirm’s responsibility entails providing the necessary conditionsfor safety. These factors should be coupled with giving employees thenecessary safety equipment and conditions (Nielsen et al. 2016).Additionally, the appropriate tools for every job should be availedto ensure that employees enjoy the best and safe equipment for theirroles and responsibility. Resultantly, employees depict increasedmorale for their tasks through carrying out their duties effectivelyand efficiently which lead to an upsurge in the firm`s performance(Nielsen et al. 2016).
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