Your first priority as a manager or employer should be to make sure that your lone workers have the equipment, resources, and communication tools necessary to stay safe and productive on the job. Knowing the risks listed in Chapter 3, it is crucial to make sure your organization and employees are covered for every eventuality.
Employee Safety Is Your Responsibility
While there are no laws in the UK that deal exclusively with employers and their lone workers, employers are still responsible for the health and safety of every employee. Your company can be held liable for worker safety and should take every precaution to mitigate risk.
It’s important to familiarize yourself and your management team with policies dealing with:
- Reporting job-related injuries
- Providing first aid
- Assessing job risks
- Providing accurate job information to employees
Make sure you’re up to date on the UK’s laws pertaining to employee safety. It’ll make your team safer and your job easier.
Make Your Workplace Attractive to Top Talent
The best employees know they’re worth more than just a paycheck. They want an organization that is proactive about their best interest and safety. In the case of lone workers, they want to know you have their safety as a top business priority.
To begin, you need to have a written lone worker policy in place. Make sure all your efforts to protect your lone workers are written down and shared across your organization so that it’s clear from day one that you’re going the extra mile to keep everyone safe and healthy on the job.
Preserve Brand Reputation
No company wants to have their name in the headlines for gross negligence or employee accidents. In addition, when lone workers are injured on the job, the UK government might investigate the problem. If they determine that the employer was at fault for not providing adequate lone worker protection, this can cost your company financially and reputationally.
Save Costs in the Long-Run
Make the business investments with the highest, longest-lasting returns. When you invest in employee safety, you’re investing in the longevity and wellbeing of your whole organization.
Your employees are the most meaningful part of your business. Their safety also has a direct impact on your bottom line. When businesses neglect employee safety precautions to save a few extra pounds, they usually end up paying for it in the long term.
When employees are injured, or simply don’t feel like they’re properly protected, they can get hurt or may be more likely to take their talent elsewhere. Care and forethought can breed a culture of loyalty and dedication to your company’s long-term success.
The average cost of employee turnover in the UK is about £11,000, according to Croner. Not to mention, improper management or safety precautions that lead to an injury might result in lawsuits.
In Chapter 5 we’ll discuss some proactive steps your organization can take to keep lone workers safe on the job.