Revealed: Health & Safety Is The Secret To A Brilliant Business

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There are many business secrets that not a lot of people know about. These are things that happen behind the scenes of a company. Things that you’ll only know about if you’ve had the experience of running a business before. Or, if you speak to business experts, and gain that knowledge from them.

I’ve spoken to many different people about what makes a company tick. Most of the time, they give me the same generic answers. So, I ask them to dig a little deeper and tell me something that I haven’t heard before. And, you’ll be surprised at what they say. Many experts will claim that health and safety in the workplace are the backbones of a successful business. I know, it sounds a tad far-fetched, right? How on earth are health and safety relevant to a business?

Most new entrepreneurs barely give it a second thought. Sure, they ensure their workplace is safe, but that’s about as far as they go. Well, in this piece, I’m going to talk about some reasons why health & safety is so important. And, I’ll give some tips on how you can up your health & safety game.

Healthy Employees Are Good Workers

Let me ask you something, have you ever tried working when you’re sick? Have you ever gone down to your place of work and tried to do your usual routine in bad health? If you have, then you’ll know that it’s hard. It’s impossible to perform at your peak when your health is bad. Bearing that in mind, a business that doesn’t care for the health of its employees will suffer. If your staff are all in poor health, then they won’t work as well as they can.

And, it’s important to note that their mental health needs to be taken into account too. Employees that are stressed or depressed won’t be able to perform to the standards you need. As such, your business suffers, and you lack efficiency. To counter this, you need measures in place to ensure your staff are healthy. One idea is employee assistance programmes; they can help your staff cope with various health problems. If they suffer mental stress, then they can get the assistance to get over it. Another thing that’s popular in Japan is exercise in the office before work. They spend some time in the morning doing yoga or stretching. This helps employees release tension and ensure they’re physically in good health. Healthy workers are good workers, so don’t overlook this!

Accidents Are Costly

Having an accident in the workplace can be costly on multiple levels. For one, the accident can cause an employee to be injured. As a result, they may need lots of time off work. So, you’re left with two choices, both of which will cost you. Firstly, you pay them sick pay and hire a temporary replacement. This now means more money is leaving your business, as you have another employee to pay. Secondly, you can pay them sick pay and try to get on with things without them. You won’t need to spend more money, but productivity will suffer. With your new lack of productivity, you may earn less money in their absence. Either way, you’re going to lose money.

Also, someone can sue you in the event of an accident. An employee or customer can sue you if they get hurt in your place of work. If they’re successful, then you may have to fork out lots of cash. Even if they’re not, the lawsuit can take up a lot of time and resources. To avoid all of this hassle, you need to make your workplace safe. Take safety as seriously as you can; it helps you save money and stay out of trouble. It doesn’t take much to create a safe working environment. You’ll have fewer disruptions, and your company can carry on being as productive as possible.

Now you can see the impact health & safety has on business. It sounded a little bit strange at first, but the evidence is clear. There’s no arguing that healthy employees are better than non-healthy ones. The problem is, a lot of your staff are in poor health because of their job. Sitting at a desk all day, or standing at a cash register, is not good for them. It can cause all sorts of stiffness and aches and pains. Similarly, an unsafe work environment can be very disruptive. It’s hard to drive a business forward when you keep having disruptions.

To sum up, you must make health & safety a top priority if you want your company to be the best it can be.

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