Duty of Care: The Three Types of Employers

By September 24, 2018 February 13th, 2019 Safety and Security

In a recent blog post, we discussed what “duty of care” means in the workplace. But when it comes to duty of care, there isn’t just a box to check. Preparedness and readiness come on a spectrum. The most successful companies are those that go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health and safety.

Which Type of Employer are You?

When considering duty of care, there are three categories of employers: the uninformed employer, the bare minimum employer, and the employee-first employer. Take a look at the graphic below and decide which category your organization currently falls within:

employer's duty of care to employees

If your organization falls within any category other than the employee-first employer, it’s time to rethink your approach to duty of care.

Why Putting Employees First Matters

Trust can go a long way for your company. A study by the Harvard Business Review found that, compared with people at low-trust companies, people at high-trust companies report: 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfaction with their lives, and 40% less burnout.

Putting your employees first is a mindset, and once you adopt it, your employees will take notice. An employer’s duty of care to employees involves adopting that mindset and running with it.

Preparing for Ever-Changing Risks

Even if you do consider your organization to already be an employee-first employer, remember that fulfilling your duty of care responsibility is an ongoing process. Duty of care case law makes that clear. Risks are not static, so your approach to managing risk can’t be either. It is imperative that organizations continuously seek out ways to more effectively protect employees from illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.

Ensuring you can meet your duty of care obligations requires you to stay up-to-date on ever-changing employment laws, for all regions in which your company operates. It requires you to constantly monitor threats and risks across the globe. It requires you to regularly re-assess and adjust contingency plans, and create a duty of care policy.

No one said fulfilling an employer’s duty of care to employees was going to be easy, but it will be worth it. Make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure the safety of your people.

That starts with adopting a modern communication platform that is versatile enough to overcome the unknowns. And it ends with happier, more productive employees—because putting your employees first pays off.

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