2020 has been a difficult year for employers. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has put many of us in pretty tough positions when it comes to looking out for employees and what’s best for them. Many of us feel torn. We want to make sure that our staff have an income, but we also don’t want to put our teams in direct danger of contracting the virus and experiencing illness or worse. This isn’t anything new. It’s been happening for months and we’re slowly finding ways to tread water and get by. But if you haven’t figured things out yet, what can you do to protect your staff as best you can? The following steps could prove pretty useful!
Taking Out As Much Insurance As Possible
Insurance may seem like an outgoing you don’t want to fork out right now. But there are many policies that protect you and the staff who are working for you. Take general liability (or “GL”) insurance as an example. General liability insurance is a type of insurance that protects you and your staff from any claims that are made by others. For example, if your staff somehow hurt someone else, ruin someone’s belongings or otherwise cause them inconvenience or harm, and you don’t have general liability insurance for them, you could find that the claimant can sue your staff member and your company for compensation. This can cost a whole lot of money. If you have general liability insurance, the costs will be covered by the insurance company and yuou and your staff won’t be out of pocket. Many companies assume that they don’t need this, but there are many circumstances it could come in invaluable. If you run a cafe for example, general liability insurance can make sure you and your staff are protected if a staff member accidentally spills coffee down a customer, hurting them or ruining their belongings. You really can benefit with GL coverage for your company.
Allowing Staff to Work from Home
In the current climate, one of the best thing you can do for your staff and their wellbeing is to allow them to work from home if possible. Working from home means that they won’t have to come into contact with others while commuting and that they won’t have to come into contact with others while working. This can minimise the spread of coronavirus amongst your staff base, keeping everyone as best protected as possible!
Protecting Staff Who Can’t Work from Home
If your staff have to work on site, you should still do your utmost to protect them. This means providing PPE such as face masks or face shield visors and gloves where necessary. Make sure they can work two metres away from others wherever possible. Make sure to place social distancing stickers in places where people are likely to queue.
Small steps and changes really can make a massive difference for you and your team. So, consider taking some of the steps above and protect your staff as best possible at all costs!
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