13 Nov Look Out! Are You Keeping Your Employees Safe?
Are you keeping your employees safe? Many companies have travel policies for basics like booking rules, but fewer companies implement safety practices for traveling staff. Employers must follow duty of care, a legal and moral responsibility to make sure employees are safe while traveling for business. Duty of care creates a demand for safety resources.
Travel safety policies aim to reduce risk for traveling employees. Corporate travel policies should include safety tips and an emergency response plan. Not sure where to begin?
Offer safety tips. Provide your employees with important safety tips to keep them safe while out on business, especially during winter months. Although these tips can seem like common sense, people often overlook them in the hustle and bustle of travel. Consider simple tricks like these:
-Carry your wallet in a front pocket instead of a back pocket.
-Keep your handbag, wallet, and credit cards with you. Don’t leave them unattended in the hotel room.
-Limit the number of valuables you bring on the trip.
-Make sure your hotel room has a peephole and dead bolt lock.
Safety tips should cover all modes of travel. For example, tell employees who drive to their destination to make sure the vehicle is in good condition, familiarize themselves with the route ahead of time, and learn alternative routes to use in case of emergency.
Additionally, travel safety policies should give guidelines to keep company data and devices safe. For example, inform employees to avoid public Wi-Fi when transmitting sensitive information, store vital data in the cloud instead of on a laptop or smartphone, and use strong passwords to protect against data breaches. For more info about protecting your devices against data criminals, check out“Defend Your Data!”.
Tune in later this week for more about emergency preparedness and the “I’m OK!”policy.