How a positive health and safety culture can be great for business
Today, we have a guest post from James Hughes. He is a freelance HR consultant and writer. After working for several high profile businesses in the city, James is now supporting businesses through difficult times as an independent consultant. James now works mainly in the industrial sector, with a focus on improving health and safety as a catalyst for internal change. Some workplaces are undoubtedly more dangerous than others. Working with heavy machinery can make a job more risky, as can working at heights. However, despite this, health and safety is a concern no matter what industry you are from. What is more, taking a proactive approach to the health and safety culture in your workplace can actually make sound business sense, and benefit your company in numerous ways. Below are a few ways in which a positive health and safety culture can be great for business. What’s good for your employees is good for you Workers who do not feel safe are not productive. Therefore, it makes good economic sense to promote a positive health and safety culture, aside from the obvious ethical concerns. For example, if your business involves your workers working at heights, e.g. climbing ladders, you need to have policies and procedures in place to protect your workers, as otherwise your employees will not feel safe in their work and will not be able to perform the tasks your business needs. This lack of safety could then lead to stress, for example, which may then lead to lost work days, lower productivity, and even your workers leaving the company due to a lack of trust that your company is looking after their needs. It is clear then that a positive health and safety culture will lead to happier, more productive workers. Health and safety = healthy profit margins Probably the most important thing for any business is its profit margins. However, behind your profits are a bunch of other concerns that need to be taken care of. One of the most important is health and safety, and a positive health and safety culture can have a huge impact on your profits. There are multiple ways in which this may be the case. For example;
- If there are not consistent accidents, your workers will not have to take days off to recuperate.
- Your workers will have fewer sick days.
- The word will spread, and the best workers will want to work for your company, as they know you will look after them.
- Your business will gain more consumer confidence due to increased positive publicity and word of mouth.
- You will not incur the same legal costs as businesses who don’t look after their staff.