Workplace safety is a top priority for any company. There’s too much at stake when considering that someone could get injured or equipment could be destroyed. As an employee, you need to make sure you’re taking precautions to ensure safety, and those precautions can start the night before. Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re operating as safely as possible during the work day.
Have a Daily Routine
If you can establish a consistent schedule for yourself, your body will get accustomed to the routine and be able to function at peak performance when needed. Try to work the same shift each day, so you can build the rest of your routine around it. This means eating meals, grabbing a coffee and going to bed at the same time of day.
It might sound boring, but these habits will allow your body to be adequately energized and your mind to be rested enough to lift, operate, carry, direct, manage, coordinate, communicate – whatever tasks are required of you. Otherwise, your brain and body can get confused, never sure when to rest, when to work or when to be where.
Get Sufficient Rest
Rest is important at the end of a long workday, particularly if you’re on your feet all day. Take breaks during the day – for coffee, lunch and snacks, and especially water, which boosts cognitive ability and circulates blood throughout the body to energize you. At the end of the day, take a few hours to unwind and decompress. Avoid other strenuous activities that might cause muscle soreness or exhaustion.
Fuel Your Body
Remember the food you eat in the evening is what helps fuel you the next day. So, eat a meal that’s full of protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, so you have enough energy to power you through the next day. Drink enough water so you don’t wake up dehydrated; otherwise, you’ll be slow and sluggish in the morning. Also, make sure not to consume caffeine in the evenings because it can interfere with your sleep habits.
Keep an Eye on Your Team Members
Whether you’re managing a team or just collaborating regularly with others, you need to keep an eye on those around you. Everyone should be complying with safety guidelines, not just for their personal safety, but for the safety of the team. And if you notice a co-worker doesn’t seem to be fully functioning, say something. They might be sick, exhausted, dehydrated or just in need of a rest. Either way, they probably need a break to avoid the risk of injury.
Most workplace-related incidents are avoidable. If you are a hardworking job seeker looking for a great team to join, contact Extreme Staffing and get to work.