Recent global occurrences, such as the Israel conflict and the never-ending challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, underscore the need for comprehensive duty of care measures to ensure the security of mobile employees.
In today’s trying times of crises and global uncertainty, prioritising the safety and well-being of your workforce is not only prudent but paramount. Whether it’s the repercussions of a natural disaster or navigating the intricacies of political upheaval, companies must possess the capacity and skill to swiftly, efficiently, and safely evacuate their employees to their home country, base of operations, or a safe country. This blog explores how you can help simplify your duty of ensuring employee safety and well-being.
The Expanding Realm of Duty of Care
It is estimated that almost 50% of organisations faced security threats in the past year, with medical issues and natural disasters emerging as predominant concerns. We can add political strife and warfare to that figure. As such, in today’s intricate global business landscape, the concept of duty of care extends far beyond regulatory compliance. It encompasses the proactive responsibility of companies to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, particularly those working in unfamiliar or potentially hazardous environments. This obligation includes providing employees with essential reassurance regarding security measures, medical support, and emergency response preparedness before they embark on work-related travel or relocation. As part of their duty of care obligations, companies must establish robust policies, procedures, and systems to safeguard their mobile workforce and in the UK it is a legal obligation
In the past, a company’s duty of care primarily involved arranging medical insurance and travel logistics. However, in today’s global landscape, the ability to actively monitor and ensure the well-being of your employees has taken on heightened importance.
Navigating Duty of Care Challenges
Strategic Guidance: Establishing and implementing duty of care policies and practices is not just a matter of compliance but a strategic imperative. This goes beyond simply meeting legal requirements; it involves creating a comprehensive approach that ensures the well-being of mobile employees in various scenarios.
Risk Mitigation: Minimising risks associated with employee travel must be a top priority for organisations with a global workforce. Risk mitigation strategies must encompass both proactive and reactive measures. This includes assessing potential risks in advance, such as political instability or health hazards, and providing recommendations to avoid or mitigate these risks.
IPM will help you develop your strategies and policies and find suitable suppliers for you on-the-ground needs.
In summary, companies must take their duty of care obligations seriously, especially in the face of global uncertainties. IPM Global offers a holistic approach to duty of care. It’s not just a legal obligation; it’s a commitment to the welfare of your workforce. By partnering with us, you’re not only meeting your duty of care requirements, but you’re also actively enhancing the safety, security, and well-being of your mobile employees. IPM will help you develop your Strategy and Policies and help you find a recognised service provider for when you need to activate your policies.