Telecommuting: Staying Safe

Technology is growing at a rapid pace these days and this means workers are no longer tied to their office to make phone calls and desk computers to answer and send emails.  The world is certainly becoming one giant office!  This means that employers must step back and take a broader look at worker safety.

A recent post from “Entrepreneur,” mentions virtual worker safety doesn’t mean that employers should restrict workplace options, but rather they should embrace them.  Let’s take a closer look at three important steps to help guide these efforts:

  1. Identify risks.  Your employers must be safe, regardless of whether they are working in an office, at home, or commuting on a bus.  Experts warn that a company which is not proactive in this area is “perpetuating a laissez faire culture of ill preparedness and reactivity to risks.” Lost wages and reduced productivity, along with costs related to medical treatment, can hurt efforts to hire and keep good employees.
  2. Develop and implement procedures.  It is important to understand and identify the risks for both virtual workers, but also issues that affect in-office workers. Poor ergonomics, inadequate training and improper equipment are common concerns.  With a better understanding of the issues, you will then be able to prioritize fixes based on problems plaguing the overall workforce.
  3. Nurture a culture of safety. The key to building this culture is open dialogue with employees.  This shows an awareness and responsiveness to their concerns.  Assign a trusted and experienced partner who is completely up-to-date on all regulatory mandates and industry-specific risks.  This will help make sure all safety measures are properly implemented.