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Evolving Duty of Care Standards

Employer Duty of Care — the fiduciary responsibility to maintain a safe work environment and reasonably protect employees — has gotten complicated. When focusing on the physical safety aspect of Duty of Care, there are two key factors influencing standards in today’s workplace. First, employers have a dispersed workforce. In addition to working in offices, employees are working remotely (either from home or abroad) and back to regular business travel. A Duty of Care grey area has emerged called bleisure, which is when an employee combines a work trip with a segment for personal leisure. Second, the threat landscape has expanded. There are more mass shootings, infectious diseases, civil unrest, weather-related emergencies and situations that bring risk to a workforce.

As companies rethink Duty of Care parameters, there are fundamental considerations:

  • Are policies clear about the shared responsibilities for managing risk and maintaining security and do they address different work environments?

  • Is your Emergency Action Plan updated?

  • How do you communicate with traveling employees and vice versa?

  • Are you tracking potentially disruptive events at key locations? How about at destinations for traveling executives?

  • Do you have tools and training in place that help cultivate a culture of safety throughout your organization?

The social contract between employers and their workers is always evolving. A safe workplace inspires a productive workforce. Insite can help upgrade organizational security. Click here to schedule a consultation.


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