The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on just about everything in our lives, and that includes the employment marketplace and the job market. One of the things that the pandemic has affected within the professional realm is that of health and safety in the workplace.
As might be expected, standards for health and safety increased dramatically during the early part of the pandemic, out of necessity more than anything else. And of course, as the pandemic has continued, health and safety standards have remained a focus of concern for employers.
However, after the release of multiple vaccines, as well as booster shots for each one, the temptation to relax has become more prevalent. Despite that, the need for stringent standards is as high now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic.
Since that is the case, below are four pro tips for maintaining high standards of health and safety within your company:
#1—Be tactical, strategic, and flexible.
Obviously, the health and safety protocols for a company with an office working environment are different than those for an organization with a manufacturing or warehouse environment. Workers who engage with customers on an in-person basis would be subject to more rules and regulations than those who do not do so.
As a result, the safety protocols and practices for your company should mirror its working environment. In addition, the measures should be designed with both maximum safety and maximum productivity in mind.
#2—Include mental health within company guidelines.
Mental health considerations are often overlooked in a discussion about health and safety concerns. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected people’s mental health in a variety of negative ways and employers should not dismiss these effects.
Does your company have programs that address mental health? If not, what can you do to address this growing concern within the workplace? Investing in the mental health of your employees is a wise investment.
#3—Weave health and safety into the culture.
Employer branding and company culture are of paramount importance for organizations, not just for job candidates, but also for current employees. People want to work for a company that they believe cares about their health and well-being. Consequently, it makes sense to emphasize the importance of health and safety by making them part of the company’s mission statement and/or core values.
#4—Conduct regular training.
As we’ve been discussing, safety awareness should be a priority for your company, and conducting regular training sessions is one way to ensure that this is the case. This training is not just for new employees as part of their orientation, but it’s also for existing employees on a continuing basis.
It’s easy for people to become complacent on the job after a while, and that’s when accidents can occur. Physical and mental preparation and focus are key factors in this area.
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