If you’re like most business owners, the pandemic has changed the way you run your company. Capacities are limited, hours are fluctuating, and your profits might be unsteady, but you’re still relying on your employees to keep things running smoothly. Though workers’ compensation insurance will help your employees if they’re injured on the job
, it’s still best both for your team and your bottom line if you take some preventative steps to keep your team safe and healthy. Here are a few easy tips you can implement today.
Provide Them With the Right Equipment
The easiest way to keep your team healthy during the pandemic is to make sure they have the right tools at their disposal. If you can, supply your team with face masks and face shields that they can use during their shifts. Keep your business well-supplied with hand sanitizer and make sure employees know where they can get more if they need it. Install spit or sneeze guards at all cash registers and listen to your employees if they have recommendations for additional equipment that will help them feel safe. Check in with them often and consider having a weekly team meeting so everyone can stay up to date on the latest changes.
Enforce Store Capacity Limits
When capacities are limited, you’re legally required to admit no more than the maximum number of people into the space at any given time. Unfortunately, it’s easy to lose track of how many people are in the building at once if you’re trying to focus on other tasks. This, in turn, increases the amount of exposure your team has. Instead of letting things slide, actively enforce those limits. Keep a manager by the door to count how many people enter and close the doors against new customers until others leave.
Make Sure They Know It’s Okay to Report Injuries
Believe it or not, many employees right now are hesitant to report work-related injuries even when the injuries are severe. They fear retaliation or cuts in hours that make it hard to provide for their families. Stay ahead of the curve and let your employees know that they need to report injuries as soon as they happen. Explain how the workers’ compensation structure works and let them know about the resources they have at their disposal. If they’ve filed a claim at one of their other jobs and were retaliated against, encourage them to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer
as soon as possible.
Keep These Tips in Mind
By taking these simple steps, you’ll show your team that you care and value their health and wellbeing at all times. But most importantly, you’ll reduce their risk of on-the-job injuries that make it harder for your business to operate smoothly. If you know of an employee, friend, or family member that was recently denied a workers’ compensation claim or faced retaliation from their employer, encourage them to contact Mark A. Simon Attorney at Law
. Whether they’re worried about their hours or unfair retaliation, we can represent their interests and increase the likelihood of a fair settlement.