Protection is a system of compensation that is not in the form of rewards, either directly or indirectly, which is applied by companies to workers. This protection by providing a sense of security, both in terms of financial, health, and physical safety so that workers can move quietly and can provide a positive contribution.
Protection of workers is a must for companies that are required by the government through the regulation. In implementing the program of protection such in Iowa Workman’s Compensation, many companies work together with insurance companies that provide coverage for possible health problems, financial or other problems faced or experienced by workers and their family in the future. Practically, the provision of this protection is not the same among each worker, depending on their position and responsibility respectively. Provision of protection between each employee is influenced by various factors namely:
The higher the position of an employee in a company, the greater the responsibility it carries. A CEO, as the highest leader in the company, carries the greatest responsibility for the continuity of the company’s business. The higher the responsibility carried by a person, the higher the protection given by the company.
Employees who rely more on the ability of the brain or mental work, such as analysts, programmers, marketers, or accountants. This working class is often referred to as the “White Collar” This working class usually acquires a higher level of protection than the working class that relies more on physical strength (Blue Collar)
Employees who rely more on physical strength (Blue Collar), such as security units (security guards), janitors or construction workers. Usually the protection given by the company to them is more focused in the form of protection for work safety.
Working conditions expected by workers for one industry are often different. For example, working conditions for oil workers, working offshore will be different from ground work conditions. The heavier the working conditions faced by workers, the higher the protection program applied.
Governments as regulators usually make regulations that require employers or companies to provide adequate protection for workers. For example, the government requires companies to provide protection for workers through employment insurance or labor insurance.