COVID-19 has truly thrown everyone's lives for a loop. Globally, managing the impact of the pandemic has come with many, many restrictions, both personally and for essential and non-essential businesses. Now that COVID-19 vaccinations are available and companies are looking to return to their workplace (or have returned already), there are multiple layers to manage. Not only do organisations need to make sure the work environment is safe and up to standards, but now there is also the element of maintaining proper vaccination records. While restrictions do vary depending on state or territory, there are concrete steps you can take to be in a position to welcome your staff back safely.
Today, every organisation is aware of their responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and the majority has a health and safety policy to back this up. However, there is often a gap in knowledge around how well the company is actually performing in this area—and that’s where safety metrics can have a big impact.
According to the WHS Act, organisations are legally obligated to protect both their employees’ physical and psychological health. In other words, just as organisations must do what is reasonably practical to eliminate and reduce the risk of physical hazards, the same must be done for psychological hazards.
On a global scale, risks are changing rapidly with technology and development. Issues that organisations face today haven't been ones that have been experienced in the past - think AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, not too much that pandemic COVID-19. Keeping in mind the exponential rate of change, managing risks systematically and proactively to overcome challenges that arise has become imperative to building trust and resilience across your organisation.
In today’s highly digital and global world, the potential for information security incidents has become more and more likely. Information security incidents are situations or issues where a threat has affected the security of your business network and the ability of your employees to do their work. Think hacking, malware, authentication issues and IT system failures.