Safety is such an overused term in business that it has become almost a redundant term for anything and everything. In terms of preventing a threat, it can never be underestimated what could happen to your business at any given moment, from a natural disaster to a data attack, to a staff member wanting to bring down the company from the inside. It is so important to be on alert at all times, and unfortunately, it is so simple to be able to rest on your laurels when you think that you have the correct method in place. But a lot of businesses do not have the correct methods in place at all, so what do you need to use and what traits do you need to instill in your staff and team leaders? And what systems help in these testing times?
The first step comes from the perspective of the leader of the business because ultimately it boils down to everything that you communicate as a business leader. The buck stops with you, and so you need to be sure that you are communicating yourself and your business ethos in the correct manner. So firstly by setting a good example is what will instill trust in your employees. There are many organizations where communication and trust and not considered a distinct advantage, and this can fall all the way down the ladder to the employees who do not feel that they can communicate anything, which makes for a very fractious workplace. So be sure to encourage an open door policy with all staff members, from the leaders to the cleaners! Reassuring confidentiality and encouraging people to speak about their concerns will help for an overall effective workplace environment.
When it comes to threats to the modern business, make sure you are prepared on a technological level for imminent threats. So, this means that you need to have in place a business continuity plan. Put simply, this is the preparation document(s) for what to do should your business have an attack of any type, which includes an assessment of threats, the impact it will have on your business, and how best to prevent it. This can be done through various companies such as AlertMedia. With the amount of viruses that are being created for the sole purpose of pilfering personal data from customers or businesses, which can land you in hot water, not to mention high amounts of business fines, you need to make sure that your business is adequately protected and that staff and systems are on high alert at all times.
On the topic of your staff for being on high alert leads to building resilience. Ultimately, building a resilient workforce is very good for the future of any company, and when it comes to the hiring process, looking for staff members that are resilient and resourceful in many different ways should be an essential trait that you are looking for. There have been many studies that resilient people are better workers and respond much better to the concept of change, and as well as this, these types of staff members are better at being motivated, building working relationships and are less likely to be off sick. So in the nature of being a resilient staff member, if you are trying to improve your company on various levels, then improving the resilience can be developed and built into your employees by prioritising work, developing clear goals for your staff, and finding ways to renew staff energy levels whether by having more down time, introducing healthier methods or something as simple as encouraging laughter! Don’t be afraid to question yourself if a change is needed.