Why should we care about the safety of our employees?
The term ‘protect’ – defined as keeping someone/something safe from harm or injury – inevitably encompasses matters of health and safety.
Businesses should protect their employees, and this includes the physical health of an employee as well as their mental wellbeing.
Once safety is not viewed as a regulatory burden, there are many benefits from ensuring good health and safety practice.
Following health and safety guidelines reduces the risk of common physical workplace accidents. These include slips, trips and falls which account to nearly 37% of non-fatal employee injuries. In turn, this lowers the number of work-related accidents and therefore the number of staff absences.
Health and safety is also increasingly including the mental state of employees. An Employee Benefits website poll reported that 80% of organisations are seeing a rising demand for mental health support. Another 13% of those polled said they would be prepared to offer support for their staff because of this rise.
Andrew Wilson, THSP’s Employment Law Consultant Director, recently held an online webinar regarding mental health at work: Bullying and Harassment: A Guide for Employers.
Andrew spoke about the legal differences between bullying and harassment, the Equality laws surrounding this subject as well as the duty of employers to protect their workforces. The aim is to encourage us to express our struggles in the workplace.
An employee that feels protected will be more likely to:
- Be committed and motivated
- Remain loyal to the business
- Take risks that drive the business forward
- Be creative in their role
- Provide a better service to customers
Let’s ensure that we challenge the social stigma attributed to mental health and promote positivity around the matter. By demonstrating care for your employees regarding their mental health, businesses can reap the rewards of a healthier, happier and more productive workplace.
At THSP, we prioritise the mental health of our team and were amongst the first businesses to sign the Building Mental Health charter in 2018. We have a team of mental health first aiders who have not only benefited our company but are now also delivering this as an online training course to our customers.
Get in touch with us regarding any Health and Safety or Employment Law matter by calling us on 03456 122 144, where a colleague will work with you on your specific needs to make yours a safer workplace.