Essential Role of HR in Disaster Management
Minimizing disaster risks is a top priority of any human resources team. In light of Hurricane Harvey and the coming storms this year, it’s important to have a plan in place when it comes to your employees’ safety. This is doubly important for HR managers who oversee business travelers, along with prevailing wage workers and hourly employees.
The key strategy is to create a proactive natural disaster plan. Instead of scrambling for resources and funds to protect your organization and your employees after a disaster, it’s better to be prepared for any eventuality.
Tips for Minimizing Disaster Risks as HR
1. Know the Potential Risks.
Generally, there are disaster risks that you can predict depending on the season and natural events. You can also predict the severity of flood impact depending on geographical location and topography. However, the realities of climate change and phenomena like El Niño can make almost any catastrophe possible. Planning for disaster risks now require careful approximation.
You need to be aware of the potential secondary disaster risks. Flooding can bring about mudslides, while severe drought (as in many areas in California) can lead to dangerous wildfires. All of these events can pose risks to your employees and workers.
Keeping up to date with official warnings from State Departments and other government bodies can also help you plan ahead. With the right information, you would know when to redirect the travel or business of your employees, and when to warn your workers.
2. Plan with Your Employees.
The proactive disaster management plan should also include your employees. They should be educated on emergency procedures. Your employees should also be able to provide some feedback with regard to the risk management protocols.
By educating your employees, the impact of disaster could be lessened. Your employees can more quickly and intelligently respond to catastrophes and dangerous situations.
There are many different emergency protocols that can be taught to your employees. It depends on what would suit your environment best. However, these protocols have something in common. They must be easy to remember, and they must be systematic.
3. Keep Lines of Communication Open.
Your risk management plan should come with the contact details and protocols for NGOs or other organizations that can offer aid.
Lastly, always have a plan for your employees to touch base or contact help/authorities. Something as simple as standardizing the Facebook “Safety Check” feature can go a long way.
Learn More about Human Resources and Disaster Risk Strategies with ARCHER JORDAN
For decades, ARCHER JORDAN has been helping government contractors comply with the Service Contract Act and the Davis Bacon Act through the provision of fringe benefits and workers’ compensation plans. Our experience can help you adjust to the current and future disaster risks that can endanger your business and your employees.
We also offer fringe benefits consultation and trust services. Contact ARCHER JORDAN today!