Having proper business insurance is essential to smoothly running a company. However, just because you have insurance doesn't mean that you want to have a ton of claims pile up on your record. By making sure the odds of an incident are low, you can help keep premiums affordable and minimize the risk of employee injury. Ask yourself each of these questions to determine whether or not you are managing business risks effectively.
Do You Do Background Checks on Employees Prior to Hiring?
Making sure you have trustworthy employees is essential to managing risk—no matter what industry you are in. By running background checks on workers prior to hiring, you can help minimize the chance of a liability claim from occurring.
While most employers search for major felonies, it can also be important to look for any fraud or theft convictions. Checking an employee's driving history and credit can also be a good way of gauging whether hiring that person poses a risk to your company. And—in this modern age of social media—scanning Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can also be a good indicator of whether or not a hiring candidate is a good fit for your business.
(Note: Each state has its own laws regarding what information a company can check on potential employees. Please follow the guidelines associated with your location.)
Do You Make Sure Your Office is Secure?
As simple as it sounds, making sure your office is secure is an important way to manage risk. Install deadbolts and get an alarm system if you can. Make sure employees know the importance of keeping company equipment—such as laptops and tools—secure even when they take them home at the end of the day. Stress the importance of locking up company vehicles when they aren't in use. By making security a priority for your business, you can easily reduce the chances of a theft.
Do You Provide Employees with Regular Safety Training?
Offering regular safety training classes is another way to help manage risk. By keeping your employees engaged and thoughtful to reducing injuries in the workplace, you can help lower the chance that one of them will be seriously injured or killed.
If you aren't sure what to cover regarding a safety seminar, there are a variety of different firms that can help. Some provide downloadable worksheets and videos for you to show your staff. Others send a representative into your company to spend an hour or two talking about safety.
Even companies that take all the safety precautions in the world still have business insurance claims. But, by making sure your risk is appropriately managed, you can help keep claims to a minimum.
How much do you know about your risks? Call A-Z Auto Insurance at 713-777-2886 for more information on Houston business insurance.