Latest HR NewsWednesday, September 7th, 2011
We are now in late summer, approaching autumn, when a manager’s thoughts turn to winter and the problems it brings. So start thinking now about actions that you could usefully take to minimise or eliminate some of those problems. Does the boiler need a service, does the heating system work? Give it a run for an hour one day this month just to make sure. Have you got a supply of salt and sand to grit pathways, and gas for portable heaters? Have you got a supply of well charged batteries for torches?
What will you do and what would you expect your employees to do in case of a power cut or if bad weather causes transport difficulties? Why not draw up a few notes and issue them to appropriate people? Employees particularly like to know what is expected of them if there really is a travel problem.
Finally what about the health of employees? Should you arrange for them all to have flu jabs? Should you keep in a stock of paper handkerchiefs and cold cures for sale to suffering employees? And what if employees wake up with a severe cold – do you want them to take a couple of pills and come to work or stay at home to avoid spreading germs? Whatever your answer, why not tell your employees?
Consider these things, take appropriate actions, and your lead up to Christmas could be much more pleasant!