As a new start-up, you and your employees will likely put in some extra hours after most people have gone home. While this amount of dedication to a common goal is admirable, late night work crams present a host of dangers to your business and your employees. A safe workplace is a cultural aspect of your business, but there some technological additions might be in order also. Here are four ways you can create a safer workplace.
1. Acknowledge the Realities
The truth is anyone can be a perpetrator of a crime and like any other workplace, someone could be harassed or abused on your premises. Acknowledge this reality in plain sight of employees. Whether by denial or neglect, avoidance of these issues creates a culture in which, even if someone is afraid to come to work, they may be unwilling or unable to speak out. Speak openly with every employee and new hire about the severity of workplace safety for all member of your team.
2. Make a Safety Culture
Let all employees have a voice in the safety procedures in your company. From there, safety culture flows from the top down, throughout a company or organization. Lead by example — follow all safety procedures put in place. If you are subject to the same rules as employees, buy in at the ground level of the company is more likely. Let employees report incidents easily and anonymously if they so choose, and never punish an employee who reports an incident. This creates an unsafe environment for those who may otherwise speak out.
Of course, you can only know what happened for certain if you see it with your own eyes. For any workplace where people stay after hours, an indoor and outdoor security camera system is essential. Wireless, motion-detecting cameras with infrared night vision have come a long way in recent years and now shoot in full HD 1080P, while PoE (Power over Ethernet) security camera systems now boast 4K quality video and 30FPS. Not only do cameras like these keep your employees safe, but outdoor surveillance is also a thief deterrent.
4. Diversity and Inclusion Training
When a safe workplace was conceptualized in the past it was simple: physical and verbal abuse creates an unsafe workplace. However, what may feel like a safe workplace for one person may be anxiety-ridden for another. Diversity and inclusion training is not based wholly on the acknowledgment of bias, though that is one aspect of it. An equally important part of this training type is concerned with who is speaking and how often. Train yourself and employees to be aware of how much space they take up in meetings, but also the workplace as a whole. If people who do not speak out as much are silent regularly, they may feel their voice is unwanted or disregarded.
Safe Is Successful
When an employer acknowledged the real dangers of a workplace, those below them will feel safer. A safe workplace makes for a more efficient workforce. When people feel their voices are heard and their ideas are valued, employees will more likely take an active role in the company. A security camera system shows both employees and potential wrongdoers you take the safety of your employees seriously. Take these steps and create a culture of safety at your business.