How to Spot Negligence Before You Hire

If there is one worker trait employers find most annoying, it’s negligence. This is especially frustrating when instructions from management are clear and concise and worker negligence still occurs. However, it is possible to detect negligence before a worker is hired. This is done by keen observation during the initial interview. Study the causes of negligence. It is usually found to be the result of lack of attention, focus on the task at hand or disorganization. Take note in an interview of how organized the job applicant’s responses to questions are and how focused his or her questions may be. Also, study attention span and focus which should lead to the desired result of a successful interview for the job applicant and business interviewer.

Negligence in The Workplace

Negligence in the workplace can have serious consequences with regard to liability. Where negligence prevails among workers, defective products or services may result. An employer understands his responsibility to maintain safety compliance for the business facility, workers and customers. The weight of this responsibility depends on reliability of staff. Then, there’s the relationship between negligence and financial loss. The higher the levels of negligence among workers, the higher the levels of financial loss will be. This is a major issue for businesses of any size.

Create A Company Policy and Procedures Guide

There are several ways to reduce negligence among workers. The first is to provide an easily accessible, documented company policy guide that outlines in detail the procedural responsibility of staff. A policy and procedure guide protects workers. It also avoids potential legal difficulties if a negligent worker must be fired for failure to comply with company policy or procedures. Be sure to update a policy and procedure guide annually. When equipment or facility logistics change, procedures also change, and the policy and procedures guide should be updated to reflect these changes.

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.

Ben Jonson

A Negligence Containment Plan

Another method to reduce negligence is to establish a negligence containment plan. A negligence containment plan contains guidelines on the company’s management structure as well as helping to alleviate potential negligence in specific areas of the business. By making the sequence of reporting among managers, workers and executive staff clear, workers can rely on easier access to guidance if or when a problem develops. Regular meetings and discussions between workers and their immediate supervisors help spot problems before they occur. Supervisory or management staff can also determine where negligence is occurring among workers with frequency.

Emphasizing Quality          

When a business invests time and money into programs that advance levels of quality in services or products, workers benefit from such programs. Quality assurance/control programs are important for all workers on staff in order to raise their awareness of the importance of quality. These programs also focus on the overall effect of maintaining a high level of quality on business. One or two quality control programs can result in savings while reducing negligence. Decrease negligence among workers by increasing quality levels.