Duty of care is not optional

Home Articles Industry News Duty of care is not optional
life work

This week threw up a huge contradiction in business leadership after it was revealed that 83% of business owners agree with the statement that staff wellbeing and business performance are linked, yet less than half actually believe that their business has a duty of care towards employee health.

This is not in keeping with the technical definition of duty of care, which is a legal obligation for employers referring to adherence to a reasonable care while performing acts that could endanger staff. At the very basic level, businesses are expected to comply with health and safety regulation, as well as an ethical duty to stop employees suffering either psychological or physical injuries.

Failure to comply with the duty could prove very costly in fines and penalties.

When business leader were quizzed on their HR priorities over the next twelve months, the duty of care obligation was low on their agenda, with very few businesses investing their resource into improving their employees’ work-life balance. Only 6% of business leaders questioned identified improving duty of care as a central component of their HR strategy. Instead their focus was on:

  • Attracting better talent
  • Reducing staff turnover
  • Reducing staff costs

The above can all be categorised into value-adds from a strategic point of view; however often the biggest value to your business is not found outside the business but within it, working day-after-day to keep the business on the path to success.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Social Media

Latest Posts

RIDDOR Landing page v x

What are RIDDOR Regulations & What are Employer’s Responsibilities for RIDDOR Reportable Incidents?

Firstly many people ask what RIDDOR means, RIDDOR stands for reporting injuries diseases, and dangerous occurrences. Accidents at work can happen, even with the best …

An Employer Guide to Disciplinary Action and Police Investigations

An Employer’s Guide to Disciplinary Action and Police Investigations

Without wishing to delve too heavily into the current (alleged) political shenanigans, there has been much discussion about the announcement of an investigation by the …

covid vaccine 800x296 1

Your Complete Guide to Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations

Earlier this month the government announced that The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 amendment had been passed by Parliament. The …

working from home

Can employers adjust sick pay for unvaccinated workers?

Can employers adjust sick pay for unvaccinated workers? There has been a lot of media coverage recently about various companies who are reducing sick pay …

working from home

Working from home: FAQs for employers

This week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced the implementation of Plan B of its COVID-19 winter response due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases …

On Key

Related Posts