Getting this right can be the difference between it becoming just another policy and one that your employees can actually get on board with.
Read on for practical advice on lone worker policy structure and presentation. There’s also some bonus tips from a couple of our clients.
You can download our lone worker policy example, but you must only use this as the starting point for your own policy. Here are a few things to remember when creating your lone worker policy:
Sarah Haigh at e.surv recommends a simple approach to policy and keeping procedural guidance in a separate document that sits behind the policy:
“Our policy is relatively short and to the point, one or two pages at most. The details are in the procedural guidance. Policies, in general, can be too corporate. When creating ours we made sure it related to staff and anything written wasn’t just for policy’s sake. Every word is followed up by procedure and monitoring.”
The way you communicate your policy to employees can make a huge difference. So, ensure to:
Whether you are rolling-out a brand new lone worker policy or a revamped version, getting employee buy-in is key to compliance. You can even take a fun approach to policy roll-out. Sarah Ryan from Danone Nutria has some advice:
“We wanted our employees to feel the policy was theirs and not something that was being done to them. This is why we involved them in the process of creating the policy and asked for feedback. We also took a very positive attitude approach whenever we spoke about our lone working policy. We emphasised that the policy was about getting them home safe and well to their family and friends!”
“When we shared the new lone worker policy with employees we had some fun getting them to create posters on what the policy meant to them. It was a great way to bring it to life and also to see that they recognised the importance of the policy and understood what was in it for them.”
To learn more about creating a lone worker policy and view an example take a look at our comprehensive guide here.