Keep communication open at work by protecting your employees’ voices

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 12 Jun. 2014

Tags: voice problems, workplace hygiene, workplace hazards, hazards and risks, workplace communication, voice safety in the workplace

You know how important communication is in your workplace. You need to listen to your employees. To their complaints, comments and suggestions to improve the environment they work in.

But what happens if they can’t communicate with you? What if their work damages their voices and they can’t even tell you? Then your fantastic workplace communication system goes out the window.

The best way to prevent this and keep communication open is to protect their voices in the workplace. Read on to find out how you can do this...

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Here’s why your employees’ voices are important at work

Most people underestimate the importance of the voice as a tool in the workplace. According to the Health and Safety Advisor, people use their voices constantly in these work environments: 
- Industry, e.g. issuing instructions on a day-to-day basis;
- Call centers;
- Psychiatric institutions;
- Education; and
- Entertainment;
- Just to name a few
When you consider that, you suddenly realise how invaluable the voice is at work. Without it, you and your employees can’t give instructions, ask questions, give warnings or make complaints.
So to ensure you protect this vital tool, you must look out for and minimise these six hazards and risks to your employees’ voices.
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Six voice hazards you must look out for

Protect your employees’ voices from:
1. Inflammatory diseases caused by viruses, bacteria or chemicals. Ensure you have good workplace hygiene and clean to protect your employees.
2. Trauma, which can be direct or indirect. Direct trauma can be things such as wounds to the throat from workplace hazards. Indirect trauma can be voice abuse caused by shouting in noisy areas.
3. Allergies caused by inhaling or eating something they have a negative reaction to. Ask your employees about any allergies they may have before you put them to work.
4. Pre-existing diseases that affect their voice. 
5. Neurological problems.
6. Hormonal problems.
If any of your employees start to suffer from one of these problems you must get them to see a doctor or they may risk permanent voice problems.




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