Most of the time running your business is a relatively smooth process. Over time, everyone understands their role and how to fulfill it.
Sure there are changes, but these are, for the most part, made incrementally and in a planned way.
This ideal working environment is one that most people can easily handle. But, you actually need to make sure your employees are trained to deal with the unexpected.
Things can and do go wrong. When they do, you need your people to be ready. Here are a few examples.
1) Train your staff to handle business vehicle accidents the right way
In an average year, there are 6.3 million vehicle accidents, in the USA.
A significant percentage of these involve business vehicles. Your employees need to be ready to handle this eventuality.
Understanding the car accident injury settlement process will prove helpful should a member of staff be involved in a vehicle wreck. It will inform the way they act at the scene, for example, to know what type of evidence to gather and how to do it.
So, if you have not already done so, but everyone that drives one of your vehicles through a road accident course. It can be done in just a couple of hours.
You may also want to put together a vehicle accident checklist.
This article will help you to create your course and checklist. But, check first to see if your insurance company already has materials you can use, instead.
2) Get them ready for medical emergencies
In most countries, medium-sized and large companies are required to have a certain number of their staff trained in first aid. This ensures that, in an emergency, there is someone to attend to a sick or injured person, until the paramedics arrive.
Even if you run a small firm, first aid training your employees is an excellent idea.
It is a way of investing in your people, showing them that they are valued and giving them a skill they can use for the rest of their life.
3) Power outages
Inclement weather is becoming more common. Storms, floods and heavy snowfall are issues many more people now face.
Often, in places where these weather phenomena were not an issue until, fairly recently.
It is important to have a plan for these situations. Simple things like having a stack of water-tight plastic bins ready to stow important equipment and paperwork can make a big difference.
If everyone knows what to do when there is a flood warning, you can potentially save your business thousands. It means that once the water has receded, you can get back to serving your customers almost immediately.
There are a lot of steps to take and you will have to train and drill your staff in all of them to ensure they are truly prepared.
But, it is time and money that is worth spending, especially if your business is located in an area that is prone to flooding.
To get started, have a look at this post, which is all about protecting your IT equipment from floods.