Lisa Robbin Young

How to create a Safe and Positive Work Environment for Employees

Your support team is a key ingredient in a growing business. Without them, little to nothing would get done. That's why creating a safe and positive work environment for your team is so important - whether they are employees, contractors, or volunteers in your organization. This will not only make them more productive, but it will also make them happier and more likely to stick around, sing your praises, and tell the world about your company. Here are some ways to create a safe and positive work environment for your team members.

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Have Open Discussions With Your Team

Creating a vision for your company means nothing if your team isn't on board. If you're unsure where to start, ask your key team members. They are the ones who spend the most time in the workplace, so they will have a good idea of what needs to be changed to align with your vision. Then, sit down with your entire team (or the department heads if you have a large organization) and have an open discussion about what would make the workplace safer and more positive. You may be surprised at some of the suggestions they come up with.

Make Health and Safety a Priority

Health and safety should always be a priority in the workplace. Not just physical health, but mental health, too. If your employees don't feel safe, they will not be productive. Worse, if they start to resent working there - or are only there "for the paycheck", you may run into other issues. This goes beyond OSHA -required things like first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, and safety signage. You should also have a plan for dealing with accidents and emergencies, as well as time off procedures to give your team a much needed and well-deserved break from the ins and outs of daily work. Whether your contractors are taking designated vacation time or your executive assistant needs a mental health day, having plans and procedures in place to make sure works is covered while giving your team the time off that they need makes a big difference.

This also includes YOU, by the way. Your health and safety are just as important as any other member of the team. Make sure you're creating an environment of empowerment for yourself as well as others.

Financial Security

Provide a sense of financial security for your team (and yourself!). If employees feel their job is secure, they're more likely to stick around and be a positive contribution to the team. When it makes sense, use performance contracts rather than just hiring on a short-term basis. Offer competitive salaries and benefits.

As your company and assets grow, it may also make sense to hire an investment advisor. Look for one who is in compliance with Global Investment Performance Standards, where applicable. Those financial advisors are regulated through a gips consulting service, helping to ensure that you get sound, qualified advice.

Make Flexible Working Arrangements

Flexible working arrangements are becoming more and more popular. And it's not hard to see why. They offer several benefits for everyone. First, employees get a better work/life balance. This can lead to increased productivity and happiness. For employers, it often leads to reduced absenteeism and increased retention rates. After the pandemic that shall not be named, more employers are offering flexible working arrangements as a hiring incentive.

Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance

We've all heard the horror stories about Amazon employees being timed to the second so that they have to run across a warehouse or can't take a bathroom break. Don't be that guy. If your employees are constantly working long hours, they will burn out quickly. This is not good for them or your business. Instead, encourage your employees to take breaks and to have a healthy work-life balance. This means they should not be working all hours of the day and night. They should also be taking time off when they need it.

Offer Training and Development Opportunities

While you can't legally offer training to your contact workers, investing in your employees is a great way to create a more positive and helpful work environment. Training and development opportunities help your employees progress in their careers. This will not only make them more productive, but it will also make them feel valued. And you can always let your contractors know about training that could help them be more beneficial to your company. It's up to them, however, if they take it.

Creating a safe and positive work environment is essential for any business. It will make your employees more productive and more likely to stick around. You can create a safe and positive work environment in several ways. These include having open discussions with your team, prioritizing health and safety, creating job security, and offering training and development opportunities.

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