When you go to work, you expect to do your tasks and go home again with no injuries and without getting sick. Unfortunately, this is not what always happens; sometimes, problems occur that leave workers (and managers) in pain or unwell. Sometimes the accidents are so serious that they have to take time off work, reducing their income and overall productivity – especially if there is only a very small team or one employee.
With this in mind, it’s crucial that everyone knows how to protect themselves in even the most seemingly mundane office spaces. With this knowledge, you can be much more careful, understanding where potential hazards lie that you might not ever have considered before. Read on to find out more.
Carry Out a Risk Assessment
If you’re not sure what might be a hazard within your workplace, the best thing to do is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment. It’s possible to hire someone to do this for you, but with proper IOSH health and safety training, this is something you can do yourself. In fact, doing it yourself is often the best course of action; you’ll then see immediately what needs to be changed and why new measures need to be put in place to keep everyone safe.
The risk assessment should serve as a template for everything that takes place in the office, from outside contractors coming in to make repairs to everyday use of the kitchen area and more. Once everyone is aware of what the problems are, it’s easier to keep everyone safe.
Deal With Stress
Stress is a big problem, with many people finding they have to take time off because they are too stressed, and it is causing them not just mental health issues but physical ones as well. This, of course, means that less work is done, and you’ll need to hire temporary staff, new team members (who will require training), or you’ll have to do the work yourself.
It’s important to remember that although a job is important because we all need money to live, it’s never worth getting stressed over. It’s crucial to know whether you need to find a new job or whether you can reduce your stress and remain doing what you are doing, and you should ensure your team are aware of this. No one should waste any of their time on a job that makes them sick.
If you, or the team member in question, enjoy their work but have become overwhelmed recently, it’s good to know what has caused this and remove the issue. Some ways to reduce stress in the workplace include:
- Flexible hours
- Taking up a hobby after work
- Speaking to someone
- Getting more sleep
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Changing jobs – if need be
It might be that practices that have been in place for some time and no one has ever questioned are actually making employees sick. It’s crucial to recognize when this is the case and make changes when necessary for the sake of the team and the business.