Not just because we have to by law, but because everybody has the right to be safe at work and to be treated fairly and with respect. The most highly engaged businesses have leaders that set and maintain these standards, underpinned by a robust workplace compliance system.
In the subsequent series of 7 blog posts, we have a closer look at the 7 steps that good businesses take to mitigate the risk of non-compliance in relation to fair work, privacy and health and safety:
- Step #1 – Recognise the ‘risk’
- Step #2 – Understand that the ‘law does not discriminate’ based on size, type or location of your business
- Step #3 – Know that ‘training and policies’ is the only protection against successful claims of legal liability
- Step #4 – Respect the ‘your honour test’
- Step #5 – Ensure people understand how to identify, report and resolve workplace incidents
- Step #6 – Have a management team that foster a good workplace culture
- Step #7 – Send a clear message from ‘top down’
Businesses that take appropriate steps to protect themselves from the ever-increasing cost associated with breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination also report higher staff engagement levels.
In particular, people report that they feel safe at work, are happy and by default they do a better job at serving the customer!