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Three situations when it's safer to send your employee home than let him work

by , 16 July 2014
Your employees are the life force of your company. Unfortunately though, there are times when that life force doesn't have much life.

When your employees are suffering physically or emotionally they can't focus on their work, let alone doing it safely.

The best thing to do in this situation is to send them home before they injure themselves or someone else...

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Your employees' mental, emotional and physical stress is a health and safety hazard

If your employee can't concentrate, for any reason, they're more likely to cause an accident. This makes them a health and safety concern.
This is a safety issue you need to deal with. The best way to do so, is to send your employee home, especially in these three situations:
1.When your employee is really sick
When your employee is really sick their concentration is limited. Especially when he has pockets full of tissues and has to stop every ten minutes to blow his nose.
On top of that, his reaction time is almost half of what it should be when he's sick. In this situation, your employee is a workplace hazard, so rather send him home.
2.When your employee is suffering from extreme exhaustion
Extreme exhaustion is as dangerous as being drunk. In fact, exhaustion causes 20% of all car accidents. Now imagine giving an exhausted employee a power tool or telling them to use a machine. It's a workplace accident waiting to happen.
3.When your employee is severely depressed
Depression can seriously reduce your employee's ability to concentrate. It also causes your employee to feel even more tired. In this situation, you first need to try to get your employee into counseling; otherwise it'll continue to be a problem. Then consider sending him home to prevent any accident.
These situations aren't always easy to deal with, but the best thing to do is remove the possible cause of an accident.
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