With the digital age continuing to develop, this day in age poses new risks for employers regarding their employees’ safety and productivity. More recently, Pokémon Go, a phone application captured the entire world when it launched in July, 2016. Pokémon Go is an application using the GPS on mobile devices that allowing users to experience a virtual reality world. With millions of users, employers should be cautioned with allowing their employees to access this mobile app in the workplace. This application creates an environment where employees could be putting themselves in positions, potentially causing injuries in the workplace and negatively affecting their productivity. Here are three tips employers should use to protect themselves and their employees:
1. Reevaluate and reinforce your company’s Business Electronic Communications Policy.
This is crucial in informing your employees of new risks in the workplace. Businesses should reevaluate or implement a Business Electronic Communications Policy that includes proper use of internet, email, social media, and applications and the ramifications employees could face if such policies are not followed. With the digital age continuing to change, businesses should be constantly evolving and educating their employees on current trends. These trends pose risks to employees’ safety and could ultimately affect their company’s bottom line.
2. Ensure dangerous areas for unauthorized employees are secure and displayed with appropriate signage.
With employees attempting to catch these virtual creatures on the application, employees could put themselves in unsafe environments. It is important for companies to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to certain areas of the business, and that these areas are properly documented as unauthorized areas; this includes the perimeter of your company. Additionally, the business should also have proper documentation regarding restricted access areas. This will help eliminate the risk of employees entering unsafe environments which could lead to injury. It may even be helpful for businesses to explicitly post signage indicating “NO ELECTRONIC USE BEYOND THIS POINT.”
3. Reinforce your company’s mission and company culture as the digital age is affecting workplace productivity.
It is important for your employees to understand your company’s mission and company culture in a digital world that is constantly changing. Pokémon Go could be an appropriate platform to remind your employees of the focus and direction of your company. Additionally, informing your employees of the possible issues of not only mobile applications but social media as well.
These tips will help protect your employees and your company from current risks that are caused by digital trends. It is vital for businesses to understand the risks that involving their employees because the digital age will continue to grow and businesses need to acclimate to these trends.