Depending on the type of business you own, the rules of employee conduct may differ. In a lot of office environments it is standard to have a dress code- whether it is formal or casual- and employees are expected to act professional at all times. In other work environments like retail shops, outdoor landscaping companies or other places the atmosphere may be more relaxed, but professionalism is still expected. No matter what type of business you are in, workplace harassment should never be an issue.
It is important to set up ground rules when it comes to your employees and what is expected of them. Every employee regardless of rank or station in your business should follow the same rules in respect of others. No one should be talked down to or harassed whether they are sweeping the floors or talking with potential clients. Each employee deserves respect.
As a business owner, you also need protection if any of your employees files a workplace harassment claim. You should do everything you can to help the harassed employee and rectify the situation. Sometimes that comes at a cost to you financially. Your business may be sued because of the claim. How will you pay for it? That is where insurance steps in to help out.
You can add additional sub-limits to your business liability policy to help offset any costs associated with workplace harassment. There are also other coverages you can acquire that may be more specific to your business. Give us a call and we can discuss all the options available to protect you and your employees when it comes to harassment and overall workplace safety. You want the best for your business and all your employees. We can put some policies in place to help keep your business running smoothly.